Oregon State Police are at the scene of a fatal crash on Interstate 5 near Ashland

Oregon State Police are at the scene of a fatal crash on Interstate 5 near Ashland

A semi truck left the northbound lanes just north of Exit 14, the exit at the south end of Ashland, and plunged into Bear Creek. One person is dead.

Police and other emergency crews responding to the wreck are visible from the overpass at Exit 14. Traffic is getting through area, police said.

Updated: OSP reports that the truck and its trailer carrying boxes of oranges and kiwis was headed north when the driver, whose identity hasn't been released yet, veered into a broad, flat dirt median just north of the Exit 14 overpass. The driver tried to correct his path, but the truck fishtailed and launched off an embankment, landing on its side 30 feet below in Bear Creek, officials said.

The truck is spilling fuel into the creek, OSP said. Crews hope to get the tractor-trailer out as soon as possible.

A witness called 9-1-1 to report the crash, and police said they believe a witness might have pulled the driver from the truck and part way up the embankment, then left the scene. Investigators plan to reconstruct the crash and are seeking information from anyone who saw what happened. They ask anyone who saw the crash to call OSP at 541-776-6236.