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  • Fruit spill, motorhome fire delay traffic on I-5

  • A truck lost its fruit Tuesday during rush hour traffic in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near exit 30.
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  • A truck lost its fruit Tuesday during rush hour traffic in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near exit 30.
    The apple and apricot mash that layered the road was slick and caused one motorcyclist to lose control and crash, according to Medford Fire-Rescue battalion chief Ken Goodson.
    "There as quite a bit of fruit," he said.
    Goodson said he wasn't certain of the rider's injuries.
    Oregon State Police closed one lane of northbound traffic for about an hour following the crash until Oregon Department of Transportation crews were able to clean up the mess.
    The fruit spillage strewn over about 100 yards happened almost simultaneously to a motorhome bursting into flames on the tail end of the southbound I-5 on ramp at exit 30, Goodson said.
    The southbound lanes were closed completely for about 20 minutes, and traffic was reduced to one lane of about an hour while crews cleaned up the carnage.
    Goodson said the vehicle was leaking fuel, making it difficult for firefighters to extinguish.
    No one was injured in the fire.
    An ODOT spokesman said the presumption is that whoever was driving the fruit truck was watching the vehicle fire and not the road when the spill occurred.
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