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Police identify truck driver killed in early morning crash near Gold Hill

Multiple agencies responded to the semi crash near Gold Hill at I-5 exit 45B.

Posted: Sep 12, 2019 4:05 AM
Updated: Sep 12, 2019 4:42 PM

GOLD HILL, Ore. --

UPDATE: Oregon State Police has identified the semi driver killed in a crash on I-5 Thursday morning. 21-year-old Pavlo Hryzhuk was from Citrus Heights, California, the agency said.

OSP said that troopers responded to the crash just after 3:30 a.m. Investigators determined that Hryzhuk had been driving an International Box Truck southbound on I-5 — not northbound, as the Sheriff's Office had previously indicated — hauling a load of electronics.

"For unknown reasons the truck drifted to the right and collided with a large section of guardrail before traveling off a bridge and coming to rest on the roadway below," OSP said.

Emergency crews pronounced Hryzhuk dead at the scene. Investigators are "looking at the possibility of fatigue" contributing to the crash.

OSP said that I-5 was not directly affected by the crash, but the northbound exit will remain closed while recovery of the truck continues.

Hryzhuk's family has set up a GoFundMe page requesting assistance with his burial.

"He was the only boy with a family of seven kids," Ivanna Hryzhuk wrote. "We are trying to raise money to transport his body back home and give him a proper funeral. Please keep our family in your prayers, thank you."

(Updated 9/12/19 at 4:30 p.m.)


UPDATE: ODOT says the northbound on-ramp is now open at exit 45B on Interstate 5. The off-ramp remains closed. Twin Bridges Road under the bridges is still closed for vehicle recovery.

I-5 traffic is not affected.

(Updated 9/12/19 at 7:30 a.m.)


UPDATE: The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says the driver of a semi truck has died in a crash near Gold Hill.

The driver was headed northbound around 3:30 a.m. this morning when they crashed over a bridge railing, just north of Valley of the Rogue State Park. The truck landed on Twin Bridges Road between the state park and rest area.

Authorities have not yet identified the driver who died in the crash.

ODOT says both northbound and southbound on/off-ramps on I-5 and Twin Bridges Road are closed.


INITIAL REPORT: Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and multiple agencies are responding to a accident near exit 45B.

Jackson County Dispatch confirms a vehicle went over a bridge near exit 45B, landing on Twin Bridges Rd.

Right now Twin Bridges Rd. and I-5 northbound exit 45B is closed.

NewsWatch 12 reporter, Ashley Tsao is on the scene now gathering more information. This is a developing story.

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