Wrong-way driver dies on I-5 after hitting semi-truck

The semi-truck driver was not injured.

Posted: May 17, 2021 12:34 PM
Updated: May 17, 2021 12:35 PM

HARRISBURG, Ore. – A driver headed in the wrong direction on Interstate 5 died after crashing into a semi-truck on Sunday, Oregon State Police say.

Police responded to the scene at milepost 208 at about 10:30 p.m.

Investigators say multiple people complained about someone driving a Honda Civic recklessly on northbound I-5. As troopers responded, the vehicle turned around to head south in the northbound lanes.

The driver then collided with a semi-truck. They sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene. Their name has yet to be released.

Police said the semi-truck driver was not injured in the crash.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Harrisburg Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation assisted.

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