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6-vehicle crash causes chaos on I-5.

Byline: Chelsea Deffenbacher The Register-Guard

COTTAGE GROVE - A Myrtle Creek man was seriously injured Wednesday night when he was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 5, having stopped to help warn other drivers after a crash involving a tractor- trailer rig rapidly grew to include a total of six vehicles.

The chaotic scene unfolded around 7:46 p.m., when the driver of a southbound tractor- trailer rig, Amarveer Dahliwal, 45, of Everett, Wash., lost control of the vehicle, Lt. Cari Boyd of the Oregon State Police, said Thursday.

The trailer fish-tailed and struck an outside guardrail 6 miles south of Cottage Grove, Boyd said. Dahliwal overcorrected and crossed both southbound lanes, striking the center concrete barrier.

The impact was forceful enough to displace six sections of the concrete center divider, pushing some of them into the northbound lanes, Boyd said.

David Solheim, 55, who had been driving a sport utility vehicle in the northbound lanes, stopped at the crash scene and got out of his vehicle in an attempt to warn southbound traffic. He was struck by a southbound Dodge pickup truck driven by Decontee Renda, 23, of Sheridan.

Solheim was taken to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield for treatment of serious injuries.

Four northbound vehicles crashed into the displaced concrete sections. They were driven by Bobby Carter, 47, of Springfield; Michelle Nickell, 57, of Cottage Grove; Adam Castro, 52, of Springfield and Kelly Gregory, 43, of Portage, Mich., Boyd said.

All of them were taken to RiverBend with injuries that ranged from minor to serious.

The cause of the crash has not been determined, she said, adding that Dahliwah was cited for failure to maintain his lane of travel. She said that troopers at the scene mentioned it was raining heavily around the time of the crash.

The six-vehicle crash blocked all lanes of Interstate 5 for just under two hours, when crews from the state Department of Transportation were able to open one lane in each direction.

The concrete sections were being replaced Thursday.

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Title Annotation:Crashes; Several people suffered serious injuries in the accident Wednesday night south of Cottage Grove
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jan 19, 2018
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