Canyonville, OR- Two men are dead after one tractor-trailer driver collides with a disabled tractor-trailer parked in the emergency lanes of Interstate 5 in Canyonville.
The accident occurred at 11 p.m. Monday night as a mechanic was assisting the driver of a disabled tractor –trailer when it was struck from behind by another tractor-trailer.
Oregon State Police said that the 54 year-old mechanic was standing in between his roadside assistance vehicle and the broken down truck when the other International semi with an “Auto Zone” trailer crested a hill, crossed over into the emergency lane and hit the disabled vehicle, according to the Oregonian.
The impact of the crash pushed the truck forward, pinning the mechanic, who has been identified as William M. Steinbrook between the two vehicles. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Another man who was in the sleeping berth of the “Auto Zone truck, 43 year-old Adam W. Pennington was also killed.
The driver of the disabled truck who was also standing outside was not injured. The driver of the International truck sustained minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital.
It is unclear why the International truck driver crossed over into the emergency lane.
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