1 dead in crash near Cottage Grove

1 dead in crash near Cottage Grove
Police were on scene before sunrise and into the morning, according to eyewitnesses.

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - A truck driver from California died Tuesday morning when his semi and trailer loaded with lumber overturned on an Interstate 5 off ramp.

Santiago Giron, 49, of Phelon, Calif., died at the scene.

Concerned about a possible passenger, first responders got help from a front-end loader from Weyerhaeuser to lift the trailer off the cab of the truck. No one else was in the truck, emergency workers confirmed.

The crash happend at 6:39 a.m. as the truck took Exit 172 from I-5. The truck and trailer overturned as it approached a stop sign at London Road.

The exit and road were closed until 1 p.m. while police investigated and tow trucks removed the wreckage.