PHOENIX, Ore. — Emergency and traffic crews responded on Thursday morning following a semi-truck crash along the shoulder of I-5 northbound near Phoenix. Oregon State Police later confirmed that the truck driver did not survive.
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) shut down the northbound slow lane and I-5 on-ramp at Exit 24 while crews responded to the crash, causing congestion and delays through Phoenix. OSP also responded to investigate.
Officials at the scene said that the semi, an Amazon Prime truck, was the only vehicle involved in the crash. The driver veered off the northbound on-ramp and into a ditch. He was pronounced dead when emergency crews arrived.
According to Oregon State Police, the driver had been heading northbound on I-5 at the Exit 24 on-ramp when he veered onto the shoulder "for unknown reasons," struck a guardrail, then came to rest in a small creek.
ODOT confirmed that the truck spilled diesel fuel at the crash site, prompting a clean-up operation alongside the police investigation and recovery effort.
"The unnamed creek accesses Bear Creek which is a tributary of the Rogue River," OSP said. "An estimated 50-75 gallons of diesel spilled into the creek system. Emergency crews are currently recovering the CMV and containing the spill."
Shortly after 10 a.m., ODOT said that the northbound lanes had been reopened, but the shoulder and on-ramp remained closed for the response.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.