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Silverton truck driver killed in crash of rig off Highway 58

Truck driver died in crash through guardrail on state Highway 58 Sunday afternoon
Oakridge Fire & EMS
Truck driver died in crash through guardrail on state Highway 58 Sunday afternoon

OAKRIDGE, Ore. (KTVZ) – A semi-truck driver from Silverton was killed Sunday when his rig crashed through a guardrail and down a steep embankment on state Highway 58 just west of the Salt Creek Tunnel, authorities said.

Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded around 12:30 p.m. to the crash on Highway 58 near milepost 55, OSP Captain Tim Fox said.

A preliminary investigation found that a Freightliner semi-truck driven by Joe Wright, 57, of Silverton was heading east when it left the highway and plunged down the embankment.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Oakridge Fire & EMS, Lane County Search and Rescue and ODOT.

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    1. state Highway 58 just west of the Salt Creek Tunnel. Sounds like he was Westbound. Eastbound you’re pulling the grade. It’s all in the details. I was assuming again.

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