After 20-car pileup on I-5 near Albany, one Southbound lane open

After 20-car pileup on I-5 near Albany, one Southbound lane open
A crash involving 20 to 25 vehicles, including semi trucks, closed I-5 southbound near Albany on Thurday

ALBANY, Ore. -- ODOT officials say a crash on I-5 just North of Albany has closed the southbound lanes and involved as many as 20 vehicles.

LATEST UPDATE: One lane of travel is now open on southbound I-5, three miles north of Albany. However, there are long lines of vehicles waiting to travel after a series of multiple vehicle crashes earlier. Motorists should avoid travel on I-5 from Albany to Eugene. While a single lane has been reopened, there could be intermittent lane closures and intermittent complete closures while tow trucks continue to remove disabled vehicles.

Meantime, ODOT crews from Lane County have been positioned in Linn County to help with snow removal. The many crashes on I-5 in Linn County have tied-up ODOT resources, reducing the ability of ODOT crews there to plow and sand the highway. Therefore, ODOT is deploying additional resources to the area.

Authorities say people should avoid the area or expect delays. 

Winter driving conditions are being reported in many coastal areas, the Willamette Valley and the Cascade foothills and passes in Northwest Oregon. 

ODOT crews are responding to multiple crashes on I-5, OR 58,  and US 101. 

ODOT says people should be prepared for winter driving, or delay or cancel travel if possible. 

While crews are out sanding and plowing, they say snow removal is easier and safer with fewer vehicles on the road. 

ODOT is now implementing chain requirements on I-5 in Linn County due to winter conditions. Passenger vehicles with snow tires are ok.  Vehicles towing or vehicles over 10,000GVW  will need traction devices.

This is a developing story and will be updated.