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JACKSON COUNTY, OR (KPTV) – A driver from Medford died early Wednesday morning after he was hit from behind by a driver in a Freightliner, according to Oregon State Police.

Tyler Nelson, 25, was stopped or traveling slow in the right-hand lane of northbound Interstate 5 in Jackson County near milepost 26 when he was hit, OSP says.

Nelson was driving a Honda Civic around 1:45 a.m. when the driver of the Freightliner, identified as Baljinder Singh, 45, of Roseville, CA, hit the car from behind and pushed it off the right side of the road, according to OSP.

A loaded trailer was attached to the Freightliner when it hit Nelson, law enforcement says. Nelson was pronounced dead at the scene; Singh was not hurt.

The right lane of northbound I-5 was closed for several hours after the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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