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Teen survives I-5 crash into semi truck

A teenage girl's attempt to merge onto Interstate 5 Tuesday evening left her car trapped and shredded beneath a tractor-trailer, but she escaped with moderate injuries, officials said

Oregon State Police reported 16-year-old Taylor Murphy of Central Point was attempting to merge onto northbound I-5 at about 5:20 p.m. when she lost control of her Hyundai Sonata and crashed into a semi traveling in the slow lane. Fire officials said the semi was not able to move over into the passing lane because of other vehicles.

The car went beneath the commercial truck and was dragged for about 100 meters before the truck came to a stop. The crash trapped Murphy inside and emergency crews had to extricate her, officials said.

Murphy was transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries. Her condition today was not immediately available. Her car was totaled.

OSP said she was cited for careless driving. The driver of the semi was not injured. The crash closed that stretch I-5 for about a half hour while crews worked the scene, fire officials said.

"She's very lucky. Very, very, very lucky," said Rick Rohrbaugh, Medford Fire-Rescue battalion chief.

— Ryan Pfeil