Yoncalla man seriously injured in crash on Winchester Bridge

Yoncalla man seriously injured in crash on Winchester Bridge »Play Video
ROSEBURG, Ore. - Northbound traffic on Interstate 5 was brought to a standstill just before 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, after a crash in the middle of the Interstate 5 bridge that crosses the North Umpqua River at Winchester north of Roseburg.

Oregon State Police said a pickup had stalled on the bridge, and a semi pulling one trailer, stopped behind it.

The driver of an older model International Scout, Robert Richardson, 49, of Yoncalla, couldn't stop and crashed into the rear of the trailer.

Police said Richardson was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland with serious injuries.

Both northbound lanes of I-5 were closed for about 20 minutes, and traffic quickly backed up for a couple of miles behind the accident. Vehicles were routed off I-5 at the 127 interchange in north Roseburg, until one lane could be re-opened. The right lane was closed down for about four hours while a State Police Traffic Re-constructionist investigated.

O.D.O.T. crews were on scene to clean up a fuel spill on the bridge, to keep it from draining into the North Umpqua River.