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The driver of a UPS semi truck traveling southbound on Interstate 5 suffered a medical emergency Wednesday morning, causing the truck to leave the freeway, cross the median and northbound lanes, and come to rest in a farm field.

No one was injured in the incident. The driver, who was not immediately identified, was transported to a local hospital. 

The incident occurred at about 10:22 a.m. Wednesday near milepost 230 south of Albany. The truck broke through both a guardrail and cable barrier separating the south and northbound lanes, but it and its trailers remained upright, coming to rest about 200 feet inside the field.

Fire and medical staff from both the Tangent and Albany fire departments responded, according to Tangent Fire Chief Scott Casebolt. Tangent sent an engine and command unit and Albany sent a ladder truck, engine and medic unit.

Casebolt said both lanes of Interstate 5 were closed for 20 to 25 minutes.  “It was amazing,” he said. “He never struck any other vehicles.” 

Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114.



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