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I-5 wreck involves trucks, logs, bus - but no injuries.

Byline: The Register-Guard

GOSHEN - A hairy accident involving a tow truck, a double-decker bus, a utility truck and a log truck briefly closed Interstate 5 near Highway 58 on Monday afternoon - but resulted in no injuries, state police said.

The accident occurred just before 3 p.m. when a tow truck belonging to Crockett Interstate Towing was in the process of recovering a disabled 1986 Ley land Olympian double-decker bus on the northbound shoulder of I-5, police said.

At that moment, 42-year-old Barry Williamson of Dexter was headed north in the interstate's left lane in a 2011 Ford utility truck, police said. At the same time, 38-year-old John Lostrom of Veneta was driving a 1996 Kenworth logging truck, hauling two trailers loaded with logs in the northbound right lane.

Evidence at the scene indicates that Williamson crossed into the right lane and sideswiped Lostrom's log truck, police said. The collision caused Lostrom to veer out of control, and his rear trailer went over on its side, losing all of its logs, police said.

When the logs came off the trailer, they hit both the double-decker bus and the tow truck.

A tow truck employee, 45-year-old Rodney Midkiff of Eugene, was under the double-decker bus, working to hook it up to the tow truck, when the flying logs struck the bus. Midkiff managed to escape injury, police said.

Williamson and Lostrom were wearing safety restraints, police said. I-5 was briefly closed, and one northbound lane remained closed for several hours while the scene was cleaned up.

State police are continuing to investigate, and no enforcement action had been taken as of Monday night. Police were assisted at the scene by state Department of Transportation, local fire and EMS personnel, and Crockett Interstate Towing.
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Title Annotation:Oregon State Police
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jan 28, 2014
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