A thick blanket of fog rolled into Linn County, Oregon this morning, and is to blame for a massive 65-vehicle pile-up along Interstate 5. In the chain reaction crash, 25 tractor-trailers and 40 automobiles were either damaged or destroyed.
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The rainy season is about to begin in the Pacific Northwest, and with that comes the pea-soup-thick fog banks that cut visibility to near zero. In the massive incident today, 15 to 20 semis and over 45 passenger vehicles were cleared from the mile- long crash area at mile marker 216 on I-5 north of Eugene.
The National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory at 6:55 a.m., and soon thereafter, the collisions began. Multiple jurisdictions were called to assist the clean up, along with government officials who began reconstructing the incident.
School buses were brought in to ferry stranded motorists to a nearby hotel, while truck drivers worked with law enforcement to get all the information and to secure recording devices to help with the investigation.
So far, only one person has been reported killed, but injury figures have not been released. Northbound I-5 had one lane moving slowly, while most of the traffic was redirected to adjacent OR-99E.