Jackknifed boat trailer caused I-5 traffic jam

Jackknifed boat trailer caused I-5 traffic jam

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on September 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:53 AM

WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- A crash involving a boat and a semi-truck shut down all lanes of Interstate 5 southbound near Wilsonville Tuesday morning. All lanes were reopened by noon, but traffic was backed up for hours afterward.

The crash happened at about 9:45 a.m. near the Boone Bridge.

An SUV pulling a boat on a trailer was traveling in the right lane near milepost 282, passing a semi truck that was in the center lane, according to Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings.

As the SUV slowed for traffic ahead, it began to jackknife and slid sideways, Hastings said. He said the semi driver attempted to slow down, but hit the trailer and knocked the boat off onto the roadway before crashing into the SUV.

The truck driver, 42-year-old Chuck L. Ruby of Salem, was taken by ambulance to Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening. The driver of the SUV, 56-year-old Bruce A. Hecht of Portland, was not injured.

The left lane was reopened just before 11 a.m. and the crash was cleared just before noon, but traffic was still backed up for much of the afternoon. 

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