ALBANY, Ore. - A wrong-way driver blocked the two southbound lanes of Interstate 5 Wednesday morning after he suffered a diabetic episode near the Highway 34 interchange, Oregon State Police said.
The 47-year-old Albany resident was driving his white Ford pickup south on I-5 when he experienced what police have reported as a diabetic-related medical episode. During his episode, the pickup traveled across the roadway and into the grassy median where he got turned around. The truck continued driving, coming back into the southbound lanes driving against traffic.
The truck finally came to a stop almost colliding with a commercial truck about a mile south of the Highway 34 interchange.
A witness at the scene said that since the driver appeared to be having a medical problem, they broke the passenger side window, and got in the truck to turn off the ignition. Two OSP officers arrived on scene shortly after the truck stopped and gave the man emergency medical aid until Tangent Fire Department paramedics arrived on-scene.
Medics helped control the man's diabetic episode until his condition returned to normal. He was then transported by police to a nearby restaurant. He was not cited for the events.
The Oregon Department of Transportation helped regulate traffic while emergency crews assisted the man. There was a brief closure of I-5 southbound during the situation.