Jackson County, Ore. – Oregon State Police said around 3:00 Monday morning, emergency responders were dispatched to a reported commercial vehicle crash on northbound Interstate 5, six miles south of Ashland.
According to OSP, an investigation revealed a semi-truck pulling a trailer loaded with over 40,000 pounds of cheese left the roadway and crashed, destroying over 300 feet of guard rail the process. The crash spread the load of cheese for 400 feet around the scene.
Troopers said both lanes of travel were closed for a short time around 4:00 a.m. Both lanes were scheduled to open around 3:00 p.m.
The driver was identified by police as 26-year-old Santa Clara resident Jagjiwan Singh. Troopers said he received minor injuries and the crash and was cited for failing to maintain a single lane of travel.
The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation, according to OSP.