TRAFFIC: Semi truck turnover on I-5 interchange

(Courtesy Grants Pass Department of Public Safety)

UPDATE (12:05 p.m.)

The off-ramp at Exit 55 in Grants Pass has been cleared and opened thru-traffic.

UPDATE (11:10 a.m.)

ODOT reports that all lanes on the I-5 are open to traffic again. Drivers are still advised to be cautious when going through the area as traffic is still slow or stopped in some places.

The I-5 northbound off-ramp remains closed for truck recovery and removal.

ORIGINAL (10:00 a.m.)

Multiple agencies are responding to a crash at the Interstate-5 interchange at milepost 55 on the eastern side of Grants Pass Thursday morning.

Photos from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety show a semi-truck on its side near a highway off-ramp. The I-5 northbound milepost 55 off-ramp will be shut down for an unknown amount of time for truck recovery, according to the GPDPS.

The Oregon Department of Transportation also reports that there is a secondary two-car crash on the same northbound off-ramp in Grants Pass, though there is limited information available on that crash at this time.

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ODOT is responding to the scene but estimates that traffic will be affected for the next four or five hours.

Traffic in all directions will be affected until the truck can be removed from the roadway. Authorities advise travelers use an alternate route, and suggest Exit 58 to avoid the area.

The truck driver was sent to Three Rivers Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

“Based on witness statements and physical evidence at the scene, the tractor-trailer was southbound on I-5, got off of the exit, came down the hill a little too fast. Witness statements estimated approximately 50 miles per hour.” Scott Williams from the Grants Pass Police Department said.

The truck driver made a sharp right hand turn to go into town which made the bags of potting soil it was hauling shift, causing the truck to roll over. Officer Williams also noted that all of the contents of the soil stayed in the bags during the accident.

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