Truck driver crashes avoiding deer on I-5

Truck driver crashes avoiding deer on I-5

CANYONVILLE, Ore. - A semi truck driver crashed while trying to avoid a deer on Interstate 5 on Wednesday morning, Oregon State Police said.

The driver was not injured.

The trailer full of bananas overturned and blocked northbound lanes for more than an hour and half before tow trucks could arrive.

According to Oregon State Police Trooper Dan Wells, on July 20, 2011 at approximately 2:10 a.m. a 2006 Kenworth truck pulling a semi-trailer driven by

John Mitchell, 34, from Red Bluff, Calif., told state police he lost control attempting to avoid hitting a deer on I-5 about 2:10 a.m. Wednesday. 

The truck and trailer collided with a guardrail and rolled onto their side, sliding about 300 feet before coming to a stop blocking the northbound lanes.

Mitchell was using safety restraints and wasn't injured.

Canyonville Fire Department personnel responded and established a detour at the freeway exit and back onto the northbound lanes.

ODOT also responded to take over traffic control duties and coordinate vehicle removal.