Troopers Indicate Fatal Crash May Not Have Been a Hit & Run
The ongoing investigation by Oregon State Police into Wednesday afternoon's fatal traffic crash in southern Oregon along the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek indicates it may not have been a hit-and-run incident as originally reported.
According to Sergeant First Class Jeff Proulx, the driver of the involved commercial truck was contacted by a trooper after the incident as he walked back after parking his damaged vehicle about a half mile north of the crash scene at a fueling station off Interstate 5. The driver was unaware someone died in the collision involving his truck and a parked pickup and trailer.
At approximately 1:07 p.m., a commercial truck and its driver was traveling on Interstate 5 near milepost 76 in the right northbound lane. A construction company employee working on a paving project stopped a pickup and arrow board trailer on the right shoulder with overhead caution lights and emergency flashers activated. Both northbound lanes were open. The employee was outside of the pickup breaking down a portable sign standing in the grass next to the guardrail on the opposite side of the freeway when struck. Emergency responders arrived on scene later and pronounced the person deceased.
The scene has been cleared and traffic is moving normally.