Semi hits deputy's vehicle making traffic stop near Salem

SALEM, Ore. -- A semi-truck crashed into a sheriff deputy's vehicle conducting a traffic stop Saturday morning, closing the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 for three hours, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

Officials reported that no one was injured in the crash.

The Oregon Department of Transportation said that the crash closed I-5 about 3 miles south of Salem just before 11 a.m. Saturday.

Marion County Sheriff's Office said that the incident started at around 9 a.m. Saturday when Deputy Cody Lane pulled over Brownsville-resident Shannon Duffy after she swerved into the opposite lane.

The patrol vehicle stopped Duffy's SUV near the Delaney Road exit. Both vehicles were on the right shoulder of the highway.

Lane learned that the woman was driving a company-owned SUV with a suspended license. He cited Duffy for careless driving and driving with a suspended license. Both Lane and Duffy waited on the side of the road for a co-worker to come pick up company property from the SUV before it was impounded. 

At around 10:45 a.m. a Peterbuilt semi-truck towing two trailers lost control while trying to slow down as it approached the scene.

The semi, driven by Michael Dunham, 61 of Oregon City, ran into the cement barrier on the right side of the road before hitting Deputy Lane's patrol vehicle.

The truck came to a stop facing southbound on I-5, blocking northbound traffic. The patrol vehicle was totaled, the semi-truck had minor damage and one of the trailers was separated from its undercarriage.

Officers set up a detour that routed traffic down Delaney Road for over three hours as crews worked to recover the trailer and officials conduct an investigation into the crash.

ODOT reported that I-5 was re-opened at around 2 p.m. Saturday.