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California semi driver charged with manslaughter for I-5 crash in Oregon

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ODOT cam near crash scene, Nov. 4, 2013 ODOT cam near crash scene, Nov. 4, 2013
AURORA, OR (KPTV) -

A commercial truck driver from California is now facing criminal charges for a deadly crash on Interstate 5 in Oregon.

Gurpinder Singh, 27, was arrested by deputies in Tehama County, CA, on Wednesday on a warrant out of Marion County.

Investigators said Singh, of Red Bluff, CA, was driving a semi pulling a trailer when he hit a 1991 Acura Integra from behind near the Donald-Aurora interchange at 5 p.m. Nov. 4, 2013.

Oregon State Police said Singh's truck went over the top of the Acura and then rear-ended another semi-trailer that was in front of the car.

The Acura was crushed and pinned underneath Singh's truck. The driver of the car, Dustin Campbell, 26, of Lyons, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Singh was taken to Oregon Health & Science University for treatment of minor injuries.

The three southbound lanes of I-5 were blocked for four hours, while traffic used the inside shoulder to pass the crash scene.

No criminal charges were immediately filed in the case. After a three-month investigation involving OSP troopers, collision reconstructionists from the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Marion County District Attorney's Office, Singh was indicted on the charge of second-degree manslaughter.

Singh is in the Tehama County Jail in California, pending extradition to Marion County.

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