Two highway workers injured in hit-and-run crash along I-5 near Aurora
Posted June 6
Portland, OR — Two workers were seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash along I-5 near Aurora Tuesday morning. The crash caused a major backup for morning drivers.
Emergency crews were called to the scene along northbound I-5 near milepost 280 around 3:20 a.m.
An Oregon Department of Transportation spokesperson said a pickup truck carrying two highway construction workers was rear-ended by a white box truck. The workers were picking up barrels at the time of the collision.
Both the driver and the passenger were airlifted to a Portland hospital. Oregon State Police said one worker was critically injured but is in stable condition while the other suffered serious injuries.
Troopers later located the box truck they believe was involved in the crash. There is no suspect information.
Crews closed two lanes of the highway, causing a major backup for miles. ODOT reopened all lanes around 8:15 a.m. but drivers should still expect delays. Visit TripCheck.com for updates.
Patience wore thin as drivers came to a standstill for miles down the interstate. Troopers arrested one driver for recklessly driving on the shoulder of the highway.
OSP said anyone who witnessed the crash should call 503-375-3555.