NEAR GRANTS PASS, Ore. — An early morning semi rollover leads to an arrest of the truck driver and disrupts I-5 traffic. The driver was able to walk away from the crash. He was taken to Three Rivers Hospital, and from there transported to the Josephine County Jail.
The driver was cited for careless driving, failure to maintain a single lane of traffic, and insurance issues. Police also found out during the investigation that he had a nationwide fraud warrant out of California.
Oregon State Police says Parmjit Singh was not impaired when the accident happened. Singh’s semi-trailer drove off the ledge of an overpass near exit 58 on I-5 at 1 a.m. on Thursday.
O-DOT crews worked for seven hours cleaning up the mess. The truck was carrying thousands of boxes of frozen strawberries. Those strawberries were salvaged and moved to another semi-trailer.
Exits and roads were closed for part of the day. Police say this was a one vehicle crash, and the driver was very lucky.
“This crash again he had started on the freeway and flipped upside down and landed on a road about 30 feet under the freeway of the Scoville Underpass and an impact like that,” said OSP Sgt. Jeff Allison. “Semi-trucks are big, but they are not super strong. This gentleman was extremely lucky.”
Police say they plan on transporting the driver from Josephine County, back to the county in California where he had his arrest warrant issued.