ODOT warns drivers about winter conditions

SOUTHERN OREGON, —With the winter driving conditions, the Oregon Department of Transportation says its seen several crashes, and spin-outs affecting the flow of traffic.

Southbound I-5 crashes are now clear, after one involved two down motorcycles. Northbound traffic was also tied up at the exit 1 chain checkpoint, but that is also back open. ODOT says the accidents are mainly because of drivers going too fast for conditions and not giving enough room.

One Ashland resident says he was in traffic on I-5 for three hours Monday near the Hilt exit on the border.

“I hope people keep in mind that weather can change on a dime and you have to be prepared for everything,” said one Ashland resident.

“Just slow down and so that will give u extra following distance, better reaction time,” said ODOT spokesperson, Gary Leaming.

To stay up to date on the latest driving conditions, check TripCheck in Oregon or QuickMap in California.

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NBC5 News Reporter Jenna King is a Burbank native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at the U of O, she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through interning with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors, or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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