Inmate Work Crew Hit By Semi on I-5 | 101 KXL

Inmate Work Crew Hit By Semi on I-5

Written by Jeremy Scott on February 12, 2014
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WILSONVILLE — A semi truck tipped over on Interstate 5 southbound before the Wilsonville exit just before 10:30 on Tuesday morning and hit three members of a Multnomah County inmate work crew clearing storm debris on the side of the highway near Elligsen Road.

40-year-old Angela Baca of Portland was seriously injured and taken to the hospital in an ambulance.  A judge granted her early release so her family could be with her as she recovers.  Baca was in jail for interfering with public transportation and set to be released next week.

Two others inmates were checked out and taken back to Inverness Jail.  42-year-old Lynette Urwin is locked up for attempted criminal mistrial and 31-year-old Ruby Johnson is in for meth.  They’re getting support from jail chaplains.

The truck driver was treated on scene for less severe injuries.  He says he choked drinking coffee and passed out.  The truck ended up in a ditch.

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The freeway was closed for about a half hour before the left lane was opened to allow traffic to pass.  It remained that way for hours, backing up the commute for five miles before Highway 217 well into the afternoon.

About 25 to 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the overturned truck onto the shoulder.  A hazmat team worked to limit the environmental damage.  The leftover fuel was then pumped from the tanks.

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