Rock crusher accident damages I-5 in Portland

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by Teresa Blackman / KGW

NWCN.com

Posted on May 27, 2010 at 8:58 AM

PORTLAND – An unusual accident on Interstate-5 early Thursday morning caused a major traffic backup and major damage to the busy roadway.

A flatbed trailer hauling a huge device called a rock crusher, weighing 54,000 pounds, somehow lost its load in the Terwilliger Curves and then that piece of equipment hit a car around 4:30 a.m.

No major injuries were reported, but the rock crusher did create a hole in the pavement and large ruts, forcing authorities to close the roadway until just after 7 a.m. 

The driver of the truck, whose name has not yet been released, was cited for careless driving, according to detective Mary Wheat with the Portland Police Bureau.

This, in turn, caused a major traffic backup during the early morning commute.  Traffic was backed up for several miles, even though a detour was set up to get drivers around the closure.

Officials with the Oregon Department of Transportation said they planned to bring in a repaving contractor around 10 p.m., Thursday to repair the roadway. The section of interstate will be at least partially closed during the repair work, which was expected to take until around 5 a.m., Friday.

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