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Truck driver cited in I-5 crash

 Posted: 12:25 PM June 11, 2013

Oregon State Police have cited a commercial truck driver involved in a rollover crash that closed Interstate 5 over the Siskiyous for hours overnight.

At about 7:30 p.m. Monday, Paul Gurinder, 28, of Rancho Cordova, Calif., lost control of a 2005 Freightliner truck pulling a semitrailer. He took a curve too fast while driving north on I-5 near mile 7, police said.

The truck and trailer overturned, striking a concrete barrier before coming to rest in the middle of the northbound lanes.

Gurinder received injuries that police described as serious, but non-life threatening. He was transported by ambulance to Providence Medford Medical Center, police said. Hospital officials said he is in good condition today.

Gurinder was cited by OSP on a charge of reckless driving.

Crews from Oregon Department of Transportation, local fire departments and Hazmat teams responded to the crash Monday night. One freeway lane re-opened about three hours later after removal of the wrecked truck and cleanup of a diesel spill. Crews worked through the night collecting spilled pallets of energy drinks from the truck, officials said.

ODOT reported all lanes were reopened just after 5:30 this morning.

OSP troopers from the Central Point Area Command office investigated the crash, with trooper Jessica Hall as the lead investigator.


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