CANYONVILLE, Ore. – A man was struck and killed on Interstate 5 while he was trying to change a flat tire Saturday near Canyonville, police said.
Around 4:30 p.m., 43-year-old Wes Roy Woods of Riddle stopped on the right northbound shoulder to fix a flat on the left side of his vehicle, said Lt. Gregg Hastings with Oregon State Police.
The car was about 3 feet from the fog stripe that runs alongside the interstate and Woods reportedly knelt beside the car to fix the tire with his feet on the stripe, Hastings said.
That's when a big-rig following another truck spotted Woods’ emergency flashers at the last second and tried to move quickly to the left lane. The rear tires of the trailer, however, went over the stripe and crushed Wood’s lower legs, Hastings said.
Two women in Woods’ car tended to him until an ambulance came and took him to the hospital where he died an hour later.
The truck driver stopped and cooperated with officers.
Oregon State Police want to remind drivers to get completely away from the roadway before changing a tire. Never place yourself in danger to change a tire. Place reflective triangles, or flares behind your vehicle to warn oncoming traffic, and call for assistance if you cannot get to a safe place on the highway.
Police originally told KGW Woods was 70 years old. Police have since updated their information. Woods was born in 1970 and he was 43 years old.