HUGO, Ore., – A crash near the Sexton Summit forced Interstate 5 to close for several hours Thursday, and left a line of cars stretched for miles as vehicles were forced to leave the freeway.
The crash, which occurred while the summit was being pummeled with heavy snow, shut down all northbound and southbound lanes around noon, for a 30-mile stretch between Hugo and Canyonville . The freeway stayed closed until approximately 7 p.m.
Northbound drivers were forced to get off I-5 at the Hugo exit, as ODOT snow plows went through, trying to clear the closed stretch. Some drivers went back south on I-5, while others drove to Merlin and other nearby areas to wait until the freeway reopened.
The Wolf Creek Inn opened its doors and provided cots and shelter for anyone who was stranded because of the shutdown.
The cause of the crash was not immediately available Thursday night.