WOODBURN, Ore. – A man was hit and killed by a sanitation truck on Interstate 5 north of Woodburn Friday morning, state police said.
Investigators believe the 50-year-old man intentionally moved into the truck's path.
It happened about two miles north of Woodburn around 5:45 a.m., according to police. The trucking company notified dispatchers that its driver hit a pedestrian near an ODOT weigh station.
Investigators said the man pulled his SUV over on the right shoulder and got out. As he moved from the shoulder to the right lane, police said the man was sideswiped by the truck, which moved to the center lane to avoid him.
The man died at the scene. Oregon State Police identified the man as 50-year-old Joseph Lee Locke of Gervais.
One northbound lane and the left shoulder were open after the crash, but it caused a massive backup on the freeway.
ODOT said all lanes were open at 10:15 a.m.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call state police at 800-452-7888.