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Police identify person killed in crash on I-5 southbound near Coburg

According to police, the person who was killed, Alexander Haluk, 26, was not wearing a safety belt and was ejected from the car.

Posted: Sep 5, 2021 3:28 PM
Updated: Sep 7, 2021 10:26 AM

COBURG, Ore. -- Police have identified the person who was killed in a single-vehicle, rollover crash Saturday morning just south of the Coburg interchange on Interstate 5 southbound.

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The person killed was Sherwood resident, Alexander Haluk, 26. Police said Haluk was not wearing a safety belt and was ejected from the car. Haluk was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation revealed a red Toyota Tacoma was traveling SB on I-5 when the driver, Portland resident, Kristan Birni, 26, fell asleep, officials said.

The Tacoma veered onto the shoulder of I-5, striking a sign, according to police. The Tacoma then rolled over a series of times before coming to rest in the southbound lane.

Birni and the front passenger, Portland resident, Patrick Dorme, 33, were using safety belts and suffered serious injuries, police said. They were taken to RiverBend Hospital by ambulance.

The driver told police he fell asleep while driving. Toxicology at the hospital combined with in-person observations and statements determined impairment was not a contributing factor, according to police.

Oregon State police were assisted by Lane County Sheriff's Office, Coburg Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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