JACKSON COUNTY, Ore – Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a fatal crash along Interstate 5 near Exit 45-B.
According to OSP, preliminary evidence indicates at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday, a semi-truck traveling southbound on I-5 crashed over a bridge rail just north of Valley of the Rogue State Park.
The vehicle came to rest underneath I-5 on Twin Bridges Road which was closed in the area as tow trucks worked to remove wreckage from the crash. According to ODOT, the semi was hauling a few pallets of computer monitors.
OSP said the driver of the truck, 21-year-old Pavlo Hryzhuk from Citrus Heights, California, died in the crash.
An exact cause of the crash has not yet been identified, but OSP said investigators are “looking at the possibility of fatigue contributing to the crash.”
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