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One person suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.
(WILSONVILLE, Ore. ) - One person received non-life threatening injuries Saturday afternoon in a five vehicle chain-reaction crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Wilsonville.
An Oregon State Police investigation concluded with the offending driver being cited for Careless Driving.
Oregon State Police say at approximately 2:00 p.m., northbound traffic on Interstate 5 near milepost 283 was stopped. A Ford Escape driven by 45-year-old Jennifer Eisenzimmer Price, from Portland, was the last vehicle in the line of stopped traffic in the left lane when the Ford was struck from behind by a passenger car driven by 22-year-old Jessie D. Darling, from Seaside.
The impact pushed the Ford forward into the back of a third vehicle leading to the chain-reaction crash involving a total of five vehicles.
Eisenzimmer Price was extricated from her vehicle by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters. She was transported by ground ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University with potential serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Darling was not reported injured. He reportedly had his vehicle's cruise control set at 64 mph and failed to see the stopped traffic before crashing into the back of the Ford Escape. He was cited by OSP for Careless Driving.
No other injuries were reported.
The crash blocked the majority of the northbound lanes for over an hour. Traffic was eventually able to get by on the far right side of the traffic lanes.
OSP was also assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Wilsonville Police Department, and ODOT.
Source: Oregon State Police
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