TRAFFIC ALERT: Southbound I-5 blocked south of Canyonville due to crash

Update (8:45 a.m. 11/14) Oregon State Police say they received calls about a 2011 white Mazda MZ3 driving northbound in the southbound lanes of I-5 at milepost 88 near Canyonville at around 10:00 p.m. Thursday.

They say several vehicles were able to avoid the wrong-way Mazda, including one who was forced off the roadway. At milepost 96, the Mazda hit a semi-truck head-on. OSP says the Mazda’s driver died as a result of the crash.

The semi-truck caught fire and burned at the scene. OSP says the driver of the semi-truck, Jose Garcia, was transported to Mercy Medical Center and treated for a broken arm and unknown other injuries.

Trip Check says one lane of southbound I-5 will remain closed south of Canyonville for Hazmat clean-up and that drivers should expect minor delays.

Canyonville, Ore. — Both southbound lanes of Interstate-5 just south of Canyonville were blocked following a fatal crash.

According to a press release by the Oregon State Police, the crash occurred at mile marker 96, just south of the Canyonville exit.

The press release said a car and a semi-truck were involved in the crash.

It is currently unknown how soon the highway will re-open.

Stay with NBC5 on-air and online as we continue to gather information on this developing story.

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