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Semi erupts in flames after failing to stop, crashing into traffic in S. Oregon

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JOSEPHINE COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A multi-vehicle pileup in Josephine County caused major delays and significant damage to Interstate 5 Friday afternoon.

Oregon State Police say they rushed to the scene, near Sunny Valley and milepost 71, after two semi-trucks drivers failed to hit the brakes in time and smashed into stopped northbound traffic in front of them.

One of the trucks, a car hauler carrying recycled vehicles, burst into flames and filled the air with black smoke. The fire has been extinguished but caused significant damage to the road's surface, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.

No one was seriously hurt in the wreck, though five people were transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation, including two kids, Rural Metro Fire - Josephine County says. Initial reports indicated that at least 20 people were injured in the crash.

ODOT says all northbound I-5 lanes are open to traffic again. The transportation agency is evaluating the road for fire and fuel spill damage and digging deeper into what caused the collision.

Motorists are advised to drive with extreme caution as the crash site continues to clears.

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