Just last month, a rollover accident involving a semi truck on Interstate 5 just south of Creswell left the freeway closed most of the day, according to a Salem-News report on December 11.
The truck was hauling a trailer with 30 tons of almonds when it collided with a concrete construction barrier, casing it to turn over on its side. The accident blocked both lanes of traffic and spilled roughly 300 gallons of diesel fuel. The Oregon Department of Transportation worked quickly to contain the spill with absorbent booms, preventing the fuel from contaminating a nearby waterway.
The trucking accident was the third crash on this stretch of I-5, which is undergoing construction, in 10 days.