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Oregon Troopers Call Semi Truck Crash 'A Wild Ride off of Interstate 5' (PHOTOS)

In addition to two adults in the semi truck, an infant, one-year old Owen Ubaldo Prada, had been in the Kenworth's sleeper berth area and only received minor injuries despite the roof of the sleeper berth being ripped away during the crash.

Semi truck crash on I-5 near Grants Pass, Oregon
Semi truck crash on I-5 near Grants Pass, Oregon.
Photograph Source: Oregon State Police

(GRANTS PASS, Ore.) - Police say the driver of commercial truck and his two passengers received minor injuries after what state troopers call "a wild ride off of Interstate 5" near Grants Pass.

Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald with Oregon State Police in Grants Pass says the truck, which was struck by an out of control vehicle entering the freeway, rolled onto its side and crashed through a guardrail into several trees.

Fitzgerald says today at approximately 11:25 a.m., a 1989 Toyota Supra driven by 51-year old Lynn Scott Tison-Elston, of Grants Pass, was attempting to enter the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 when she accelerated too fast and lost control on the corner prior to the merging lane.

"The car started to spin on the wet roadway and entered the freeway crossing into the lanes of travel. A commercial truck in the right lane observed the out of control car and was able to apply its brakes, missing the Toyota."

Fitzgerald says the car continued across the right lane and struck a 2004 Kenworth truck driven by 31-year old Osvaldo Prado of Tustin, California, that was traveling in the left lane.

"After the collision, the Toyota spun back into the right lane of travel and came to rest in the northbound merging lane. The Kenworth crossed over the right lane and shoulder of the freeway before crashing through approximately 108 feet of guardrail."

Fitzgerald says the Kenworth flipped onto its driver's side and continued down the embankment, crashing through several trees before coming to rest prior to the roadway below.

"The Kenworth received major damage to both the cab and trailer which was hauling plastic storage containers."

Tison-Elston was able to exit her vehicle and was uninjured

Prado received minor injuries and was transported to Three Rivers Community Hospital where he was treated and released, Fitzgerald said.

The truck's right front passenger, 21-year old Mayra Angelica Hernandez of Tustin, was also transported for minor injuries.

Fitzgerald says an infant, one-year old Owen Ubaldo Prada, had been in the Kenworth's sleeper berth area and only received minor injuries despite the roof of the sleeper berth being ripped away during the crash.

The crash caused merging traffic to be diverted into the right lane of Interstate 5 while trees and debris were cleared for the vehicle's removal.

The overturned trailer had to be unloaded by hand and into another trailer provided by Caveman Towing.

Tison-Elston was cited for Careless Driving in a posted construction zone, according to Fitzgerald.

Troopers from the Grants Pass Worksite were assisted on scene by ODOT, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, American Medical Response, as well as the local construction crew who aided in the removal of construction materials so that the truck could be removed.

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