EUGENE, Ore. — A driver and her two passengers escaped serious injury after their compact car hit a semi-trailer just north of Eugene.
According to the semi driver, a Honda Civic veered from the left lane directly under his rig. It was then dragged 1,500 feet from the rest area to where the vehicles stopped.
The incident happened around 7:45 a.m. Monday in the northbound lane just north of mile marker 206.
A trooper on the scene said the driver, a 19-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center Hospital and RiverBend.
Her front seat passenger was also taken to the hospital as a precaution. The back seat passenger was not injured.
Bill Shelton, a veteran driver who was hauling building supplies from Medford to Portland, said he had just pulled out of the rest area when the car hit him. He aid he didn’t really feel the impact.
“As soon as I stopped, they started piling out of the car. They were teenagers. Two girls and a boy. They started piling out of the car and almost got hit. Praise God they didn’t get run over,” Shelton said.
It took two wreckers and nearly two hours to separate the vehicles. One lane of I-5 was blocked, but because of the time of day, traffic wasn’t affected. Troopers had yet to interview the Honda’s driver before issuing any possible tickets.
The truck driver tells me that accidents like this are nothing new. In fact, over a 30-year driving career this has happened to him four times.