Semi Closes Northbound Lanes on I-5

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NEAR ROGUE RIVER, OR. — All lanes are back open between exits 43 and 45 along I-5, and traffic is running smoothly.

A semi-truck accident is restricting traffic along I-5 this morning. Now officials are saying fatigue may have played a factor.

It happened around 3:45 a.m. near mile marker 45. The semi-truck driver says he was traveling in the southbound lanes when a driver cut him off. The driver says when he tried to avoid hitting the car, he swerved, crossing the median to the northbound lanes.

Traffic was at a standstill up until about 5:30 a.m. Those traveling northbound were rerouted off of I-5 at exit 43 and were able to reentering  the interstate from exit 45.

Two tow trucks were on the scene, and by 8 a.m., were able to move the semi off the roadway.

The semi driver was cited for false entries in his log book, according to Oregon State Police senior trooper, Jeff Walker.  He was then taken to a motel to find alternative transportation.  No one was injured in the crash.