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Semi crash involved pedestrian on I-5

A man standing in the slow lane of southbound Interstate 5 near the Central Point exit was hit by a semitruck Friday evening, Oregon State Police said.

At the scene, OSP Trooper Zane Grout said he administered first-aid before the man was rushed by ambulance to a local hospital. The man was alive and unconscious when paramedics arrived, but the man suffered severe, life-threatening injuries all over his body, according to Grout, who was the first trooper on scene. 

The circumstances as to why the man was in the road are currently under investigation, according to Grout. 

Central Point police arrived ahead of Grout moments before, according to Grout. Crews that responded to the incident included Jackson County Fire District 3, Mercy Flights and the Oregon Department of Transportation, Grout said.

The crash occurred just after 5 p.m. just yards past the Exit 33 on-ramp. Traffic was backed up for at least two miles as police investigated the scene before both lanes were cleared about 6:45 p.m.

As a member of OSP's Collision Reconstruction Unit, Grout said he performed a full investigation of the crash. More information, including the victim's name, is expected later.