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Big-rig crash stops traffic for hours.

Byline: Ilene Aleshire The Register-Guard

Northbound lanes of Interstate 5, and the Centennial Boulevard overpass in Eugene, were closed Sunday night after a truck hauling a trailer full of bread dough crashed into one of the columns supporting the overpass.

The truck hit the right-hand concrete barrier just south of the overpass about 8:30 p.m., continued north for about 100 feet and then struck one of the vertical structural columns supporting the overpass,ODOT spokesman Joe Harwood said.

Because of the damaged support column, ODOT closed the Centennial overpass to all local traffic for about three hours, he said. Afteran ODOT bridge engineer inspected the damage, and determined that the bridge was safe, the overpass was re-opened shortly before midnight, Harwood said.

The crash also caused the truck to spill about 200 gallons of diesel fuel onto the freeway.

Harwood said emergency crews also hoped to have the wreckage and "doughy debris" cleared from at least one lane of the freeway bymidnight.

The driver of the truck, who was not identified,was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
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Title Annotation:Public Safety; The truck slams into a support pillar for the I-5 overpass at Centennial
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 5, 2008
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