Commercial truck

Oregon State Police

LANE COUNTY, OR (KPTV) – A crash involving a commercial truck driver driving the wrong-way briefly shut down Interstate 5 near Cottage Grove on Sunday.

Around 1:37 a.m. Oregon State Patrol received reports of a commercial truck driving northbound in the southbound lanes of the freeway near milepost 153.

A Cottage Grove Police Department officer attempted to stop the truck, but the driver drove onto the shoulder and continued northbound. Near milepost 173, the truck slammed into a Volvo driving southbound, then crashed into a concrete barrier and burst into flames.

The driver of the truck, later identified as Tyler Stafford, 53, of Shelbyville, Texas, attempted to run away from the scene but was captured by a Cottage Grove police officer.

Stafford was arrested and charged with DUII, reckless driving and reckless endangering.

The driver of the Volvo, Daryl Rickman, 53, of Portland, was not injured in the crash.

The northbound lanes were closed for about 30 minutes, and the southbound lanes for about three hours.

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(3) comments

Native Born

That commercial diver should never be allowed to drive again!! Seeing police trying to stop you should tell you are doing something wrong & need correction. He should not have run away & should not have been DUII on anything handling any vehicle.


Thank goodness the truck driver fell off the road. That would have been real ugly if he had hit on coming traffic


Mr Rickman had an 👼 riding shotgun. 🥰

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