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State Police Seek Information Related to Hit and Run Crash on I-5

(WILSONVILLE) - Oregon State Police are investigating Friday morning's injury traffic crash on Interstate 5 northbound on Boone Bridge south of Wilsonville. One person received non-life threatening injuries. OSP troopers are seeking information regarding a vehicle that caused the crash and failed to remain at the scene. On June 9th at approximately 5:55 AM, an unknown red mid-90's Ford Mustang was merging northbound onto Interstate 5 from the Canby/Hubbard Highway, also commonly referred to as Highway 551. The red Ford Mustang reportedly merged onto Interstate 5 by crossing all lanes towards the left northbound lane where it sideswiped a white Ford Focus driven by 24-year old Patricia Estrab of from Salem. The impact caused Estrab to lose control of her car, strike the center cement barrier and then crash into the side of a box truck. Witnesses reported the red Ford Mustang pulled onto the shoulder and remained for a couple minutes but the driver did not get out to contact anyone. The unknown driver then drove away northbound. Estrab was transported to Oregon Health Sciences University for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The truck's driver was not injured. Anyone with information regarding this investigation, and in particular the red Ford Mustang and driver, is asked to contact Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 800-452-7888. Lead investigator is Senior Trooper Mark Kingma. In relation to this investigation, Oregon State Police and ODOT were very concerned about drivers who decided to turn around north of the Donald / Aurora interchange and driver the wrong way on the freeway back to the northbound onramp at the interchange where other vehicles were attempting to enter Interstate 5. This caused significant problems and dangers to other drivers as was shown on local TV channels by news helicopter cameras. Anyone who may find themselves stuck in traffic crash-caused congestion are asked to: * be patient * allow emergency responders (police, fire, medical, and highway workers) time to respond to the crash and begin establishing safe, alternative routes for motorists caught in the traffic congestion * not establish their own escape route on freeways, especially driving the wrong way on any freeway or onramp, without direction from responding emergency personnel * listen to traffic reports provided by radio stations to learn of developments related to the congestion (in this case, reports were being provided advising of lane openings even while drivers were seen turning around and going the wrong way on Interstate 5) Failure to obey a one-way designation is a Class B traffic violation and a citation carries a scheduled bail of $242. In addition to the previous mentioned traffic violation, drivers could also be cited for Careless or Reckless Driving, depending on the totality of the circumstances.


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