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Semi-truck collides with ODOT vehicle on I-5

It was dark and foggy at the time of the crash.

Posted: Nov 24, 2020 1:36 AM
Updated: Nov 24, 2020 12:17 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- A semi-truck collided with an Oregon Department of Transportation vehicle Monday night near milepost 197 on Interstate 5.

ODOT was on scene trying to repair a 4-feet-by-2-feet hole that opened up on the freeway near the Sprague Road underpass.

Oregon State Police closed the slow lane on I-5 southbound as crews waited for the patched hole to dry. An ODOT employee left a white 2014 Dodge 5500 flatbed truck in the slow lane with its emergency lights on.

At about 9:41 p.m., a commercial vehicle towing an empty tanker trailer came across the vehicle and crashed into it. OSP said it was dark and foggy at the time.

Driver Benigno Rivas-Quintanilla of San Bernadino, California, sustained a minor injury.

The lane was closed through the night for repairs

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