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Motorhome driver survives rollover

From staff reports

TALENT ' A man driving a luxury motorhome rode out a roll off the freeway Friday afternoon with only minor injuries, despite the motorhome's utter destruction.

Archie Quigley, 69, of Springfield, told police that a car cut him off, forcing his motorhome onto the shoulder of Interstate 5.

The 38-foot Monaco Motorcoach took out a long section of guardrail and then rolled when it hit gravel, said Oregon State Police senior trooper Bill Bedell. The motor home shattered when it hit the bank, he said.

It just kind of looks like a house hit by a hurricane, Bedell said.

Rescue workers found Quigley sitting in the pile of rubble near the Suncrest rest area around 3:55 p.m. He had scrapes on his arms and back and was taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Quigley was driving the brand-new vehicle from Monaco's factory in Coburg (north of Eugene) to a dealership, Bedell said. Quigley was wearing his seat belt, Bedell added. Such luxury motorhomes usually cost more than &

36;100,000.

Southbound traffic was backed up between the Phoenix and Talent interchanges for about an hour, Bedell said.

Neither Quigley nor the driver who cut him off could really be blamed for the accident, Bedell said.

(It is) just the usual declining driving habits out on the freeway here, Bedell said.

There were no other vehicles involved in the crash.

Firefighter Cary Halligan surveys the remains of a motorhome destroyed Friday afternoon in a rollover accident on Interstate 5 near Talent. Mail Tribune / Bob Pennell - Mail Tribune Bob Pennell