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UPDATE 9:10 p.m. -ODOT: SW Oregon: All northbound I-5 lanes are now open (milepost 71) south of Wolf Creek, following a nine-vehicle crash that closed NB I-5 for nearly seven hours.
UPDATE 6:58 p.m. - O-DOT says one lane of northbound I-5 has been re-opened at five miles south of Wolf Creek, following a nine-vehicle crash and semi truck fire caused significant damage to the road surface. Motorists are advised to drive with extreme caution through the crash site. Expect long delays as the traffic queue clears.
UPDATE: The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 are still closed north of Exit 66, according to our reporter on the scene. Drivers are being diverted off of the northbound lanes at this exit, where they are either heading back southbound on the freeway, or finding positions to wait until the crash is cleared.
An alert from ODOT indicates that damage to the roadway from the crash and subsequent damage have prevented road crews from reopening any lanes. They estimate a single lane opening before 7:30 p.m. Motorcyclists are advised to drive with extreme caution through the area.
Rural Metro Fire indicated in a Facebook post that northbound traffic may be slowly resuming as the wreck is cleared.
The most recent word on the accident itself is that two semi-trucks collided, blocking both lanes, causing 6 passenger vehicles to crash into them. One of the semi-trucks—hauling junked cars—then caught on fire.
Authorities have now said that five people sustained at least minor injuries in the pileup crash, including two children. They have been transported to the hospital.
An Oregon State Police (OSP) officer said that it may be several more hours before the wreck has been cleared enough for traffic to completely resume northbound travel. OSP is also investigating the cause of the incident.
(Updated as of 4:15 p.m. on Friday, April 6)
UPDATE: The crash south of Wolf Creek includes a burning semi-truck, according to Rural Metro Fire (RMF). Authorities believe that one semi-truck lost control and hit several other vehicles, sparking the flames. RMF is on-scene and no injuries are reported at this time, according to Oregon State Patrol (OSP).
RMF said that traffic right now is backed up to exit 66 and there has been little to no movement within the past hour. They believe it will take some time longer to clear the roadway.
Drivers stuck in northbound traffic should keep the right shoulder open for emergency vehicles. There are currently no safe alternative routes north, and travelers are advised to exit into Grants Pass until further notice.
(Updated as of 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6)
WOLF CREEK, Ore. — The northbound lanes of I-5 are closed five miles south of Wolf Creek near milepost 71, according to ODOT. A multi-vehicle crash has blocked those lanes.
ODOT says to expect long delays until a lane can be cleared for traffic to move through.