EUGENE, Ore. -- A man sitting on the median of Interstate 5 stepped into traffic and jumped into the patch of an oncoming truck.
The identity of the deceased pedestrian had not been confirmed as of Sunday evening.
Police said the incident was first reported as a subject jumping off an overpass, but troopers confirmed the pedestrian jumped into the path of a commercial truck after walking into the northbound lanes.
According to OSP Trooper Cale Day, on Sept. 11, 2011, at approximately 5 p.m. a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with groceries was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 192, a two lane construction work zone over the Willamette River.
As the commercial truck was traveling in the right lane, the truck driver and witnesses said the pedestrian was seated on the median concrete divider before getting up and walking into the left northbound lane.
The truck driver saw the pedestrian slowly walking into the left lane and moved as far right as he could before the pedestrian dove in front of the truck.
The adult male pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene. His name will be released pending positive identification and confirmation of next of kin notification.
The 53-year-old truck driver was not injured.
The northbound lanes were closed until 7:30 p.m. during the scene investigation.
OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Lane County Sheriff's Office, Springfield Police Department, local fire personnel, and ODOT assisted at the scene.
A detour took drivers off of I-5 at Franklin Blvd., through Eugene to Coburg Road, and onto eastbound I-105 to reconnect with I-5 northbound.