WILSONVILLE, Ore. – One of three women hit by an out-of-control semi-truck on Interstate 5 while she worked on a roadside inmate work crew was released early from jail as she recovers in the hospital.
Angela Baca, 40, was with Lynette Urwin, 42, and Ruby Johnson, 31, cleaning up litter and storm debris on the side of the freeway around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when 44-year-old Edwin Gagarin reportedly choked on coffee and passed out behind the wheel of his big-rig.
Gagarin then veered out of his lane, hit the women and plowed into a fence along I-5 where the truck came to rest on its side.
Background: Inmates in work crew struck by semi-truck on I-5
Diesel fuel then began spewing from the truck, prompting a Hazmat crew to rush to the scene and clean up the spill.
Baca was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. A Multnomah County judge tossed out the remainder of her sentence so family and friends could visit and support her as she recovers from her injuries. She was originally scheduled to be released Feb. 21.
Urwin and Johnson were checked out at the scene and taken back to jail.