Semi truck crash closes all but 1 lane of I-5 in southern Oregon

Semi truck crash closes all but 1 lane of I-5 in southern Oregon

CANYONVILLE, Ore. - A truck hauling a 178-foot long, 185,000 pound steal beam crashed Tuesday, closing all but one lane of Interstate 5 in southern Oregon.

The crash happened just after 2 p.m. as trucker James A. Vance, 44, of Philomath rounded a curve on I-5 southbound.

The trailer and heavy load rolled to the side, crashing into the center concrete divider on I-5, police said.

The truck, trailer and load came to stop across the southbound lanes. The impact pushed the center barrier into the left hand northbound lane.

Vance was not injured. Police cited Vance for Fail to Drive Within Lane.

The beam weighs 185,000 pounds. Equipment to remove it was en route as of 3 p.m. There was no estimated time for I-5 to re-open as of 5 p.m.

All lanes of I-5 southbound were closed to traffic as Oregon DOT responded to an overturned semi wreck between Roseburg and Grants Pass, near Canyonville.

The wreckage and response also reduced northbound I-5 to one lane.

Southbound traffic was detoured at exit 103 and rerouted back to I-5 at exit 98.

Northbound traffic was reduced to a single lane.

Oregon DOT opened one lane of southbound I-5 around 5:45 p.m. to help clear a 6-mile long traffic backup. Once traffic volumes decrease, ODOT said it will close the southbound lanes again, using a local detour. The second closure is necessary to facilitate cleanup and removal of a broken bridge beam. Southbound motorists should expect delays through most of the night as debris removal continues.

The beam was on its way to the Applegate River Bridge project.