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Ashland man dies in I-5 accident

He was on foot near rest area south of Portland
 Posted: 2:00 AM November 06, 2012

An Ashland man left at a rest area south of Portland following a reported domestic assault was accidentally struck and killed by another driver on Interstate 5 Sunday night.

Troy Duane Tribby, 48, of Ashland, was found dead off the edge of the freeway at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Oregon State Police reported.

Troopers were sent to investigate after a woman called from Woodburn at 8:55 p.m. Sunday to report that her husband had assaulted her. She said she had left him at the southbound Baldock Rest Area on Interstate 5 south of Wilsonville.

One trooper was sent to talk to the woman in Woodburn while another trooper tried to find her husband at the rest area, OSP said in a news release.

Upon arriving in the rest area at about 9:20 p.m., the trooper learned from a person at the rest area that a man had been seen about 30 minutes earlier running after a vehicle leaving southbound from the rest area. At about the same time, OSP began receiving numerous calls that a man was walking in and out of the Interstate 5 southbound traffic lanes south of the rest area, the news release said.

While troopers were checking between the rest area and Woodburn, a report came in at 9:32 p.m. that a person had been hit by a vehicle near Milepost 277. Troopers quickly found a vehicle stopped in the far right southbound lane with hazard lights on and spoke with its driver, Patricia Yelsa, 51, of Corvallis, who said her vehicle had struck a pedestrian in the traffic lane.

Troopers searched the roadside and found Tribby, who was the man involved in the earlier reported incident.

Yelsa was not injured and she was able to drive her vehicle from the scene after cooperating with investigating troopers.

Tribby previously lived in the Madras and Redmond area, police said.

OSP troopers from the Salem area office are continuing the investigating. OSP was assisted at the scene by Marion County District Attorney's Office, Marion County Medical Examiner's Office and Aurora Fire Department. One lane of I-5 was closed for about two hours during the investigation at the scene.

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