Truck driver in critical condition after I-5 rollover

R. David Lee, 51, of Central Point, was pulling two tanker trailers full of resin when he entered the median and overturned

A commercial truck driver from Central Point suffered severe injuries after a rollover crash Wednesday night on Interstate 5 about five miles south of Roseburg, police said in a news release.

Oregon State Police said 51-year-old R. David Lee, of TP Trucking in Central Point, was driving south on I-5 at about 10 p.m. The 2005 Peterbilt truck was pulling two tanker trailers that held Casco resin, an adhesive used in plywood.

For an undetermined reason, the truck drifted into the center median and overturned on its right side. The resin leaked into the median area. Hollie Malone, 24, of Myrtle Creek, was driving nearby in a 1997 Nissan Maxima and sideswiped the truck as it came to rest. She was not injured.

Lee was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg with serious injuries, and later transferred to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, in Springfield. He was listed in critical condition in the hospital's intensive care unit Thursday.

The crash is under investigation by OSP. The Oregon Department of Transportation's TripCheck.com site reported that the southbound fast lane was closed while crews cleaned up the resin spill.


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