Oregon State troopers are continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon's fatal traffic crash along the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek. No enforcement decision expected until investigation is completed and reviewed by the district attorney's office.
Updated information indicates that about 1:07 p.m. yesterday, a 1994 Freightliner truck driven by Jose Guadalupe Botello Senior, age 58, from Salem, was traveling near milepost 76 in the right northbound lane. An employee for Knife River Corporation working on a paving project stopped a pickup and arrow board trailer on the right shoulder with overhead caution lights and emergency flashers activated. The employee, Kathleen Roberta Wilson, age 60, from Trail, 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.
As the truck approached the parked pickup and trailer, it traveled across the right fog line and sideswiped the trailer and pickup. The impact caused a portion of the trailer to go over the top of the guardrail and strike Wilson.
Unaware of the injury, the truck's driver pulled off the freeway at a nearby interchange and stopped at a fueling station. Botello ran back to the scene and was contacted by an OSP trooper. Botello, who was driving for Tree Line Transportation Inc. out of Turner, Oregon, has cooperated in the investigation. He was not injured.
After emergency responders arrived on scene, Wilson was pronounced deceased.