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Fiery Crash Stops Freeway Friday Night in Salem

A couple with a racing Jeep and a dog enroute to an event in Lebanon, Oregon crashed but escaped serious injury.

Car crash and fire on I-5 southbound through Salem, Oregon.
Car crash and fire on I-5 southbound through Salem, Oregon. Photo and video by Jerry Freeman for

(SALEM, Ore.) - "I'm just shaken up, everything is gone."

Two lanes on southbound I-5 were closed on I-5 in Salem were closed Friday night. Our photographer Jerry Freeman caught up with the couple whose night came to a crashing fiery halt.

A woman riding in the truck told, "I think we blew a tire, I heard a loud bang. And we started pulling really hard to the right. I think we hit something like a concrete median and they we started to straighten out, and we hit the wall"

We were not able to clarify the woman's name.

Oregon State Police say all lanes on the southbound Interstate-5 were closed in Salem at milepost 257 over the crash and fire.

The passenger said, "I'd say we were going about sixty miles an hour, it happened really fast. "

She said she was unsure exactly what started the roadside fire.

"I don't know, we had a lot of fuel in there and we have a race car and a quad, we had propane on the trailer, I'm not sure what sparked it, but we saw fire all underneath the trailer and he got the fire extinguisher."

The material loss was significant, but there were no serious injuries.

When asked if she was injured, the woman said, "No, my head hurts a little and I have a little cut but I'm not bleeding and I'm feeling OK."

Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address:

Jerry Freeman is part of a new generation of dedicated news photographers who are entering the Internet news industry as a second career. He shares in common with many people the dream of becoming a visual journalist. Joining the Navy at an early age, and the Oregon Army Guard a few years later, Jerry has a wide range of life experiences. He describes himself as “an old truck driver with a new found passion to bare witness on the world’s events.” Teaming up with he embarks on a new career as a video news photographer and reporter. Stay tuned, and see how it turns out. Jerry seems to exhibit natural talent and is already becoming a published member of the team. You can send Jerry Freeman an email at this address:

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