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California man dies walking across I-5 near Myrtle Creek, police say

A California man is dead after walking into traffic and being hit by multiple cars on Interstate 5 near Myrtle Creek on Friday, Oregon State Police said.

Posted: Sep 27, 2019 3:49 PM
Updated: Sep 27, 2019 3:54 PM

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. – A California man is dead after walking into traffic and being hit by multiple cars on Interstate 5 near Myrtle Creek on Friday, Oregon State Police said.

Troopers first responded to the area of milepost 112 at about 6:10 a.m. because a Toyota Prius was stopped in the northbound left lane for unknown reasons. They said when they arrived, driver Balras Singh Dhillon, 35, of Lincoln, California, drove off.

Police said Dhillon drove about a mile before crashing into the northbound center median guardrail. The vehicle came to a rest on the outside shoulder of the freeway.

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After the crash, police said Dhillon got out of the car, walked across the northbound lanes of traffic and down the center median. They said he then walked toward the southbound lanes of I-5 and walked into the side of a southbound Jeep Cherokee. He was then hit by multiple vehicles.

Dhillon was pronounced dead at the scene.

The southbound lanes of I-5 were closed for more than three hours during the investigation, and a detour was set up by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The Myrtle Creek police and fire departments, Bay Cities Ambulance, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Winston Police Department also assisted.

The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information, call investigators at 800-442-2068 and reference case number SP19-347178. 

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