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Inmate work crew member reported injured in I-5 truck crash

Oregon State Police report a semi-truck crashed Tuesday morning on I-5 at milepost 284


by: PHOTO COURTESY: OREGON STATE POLICE - Emergency crews work the scene of a commercial truck crash on I-5 this morning in Wilsonville. The driver and two members of an inmate work crew picking up litter were injured. The driver of the truck that struck and injured two inmate work crew members near the Elligsen Road exit on I-5 last Tuesday reportedly choked on his coffee and passed out.

According to Oregon State Police, Edwin Gagarin, 44, of Sunnyvale, Calif., was headed southbound on Interstate around 10:20 a.m. on Feb. 11 when he sideswiped the road crew vehicle and then hit the inmate work crew. His semi truck, which was hauling a load of paper products, left the pavement and went into a roadside barrier in a ditch separating the interstate from Boones Ferry Road.

The crash took place near milepost 284, roughly halfway between the Elligsen Road and Wilsonville Road exits on Interstate 5.

A female county jail inmate work crew member from Multnomah County identified as Angela Baca, 40, of Portland, suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to Oregon Health and Science Hospital in Portland. Gagarin suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from Legacy Meridian Park Hospital in Tualatin. The other two inmate work crew members were evaluated at the scene and taken back to jail.

Witnesses to the crash told Spokesman news partner KOIN 6 News that Gagarin stated he took a sip of coffee, started to choke and passed out behind the wheel.

One of the witnesses, Chris Sturges, was in the middle of a meeting at a nearby business when he and his co-workers heard a massive boom. They ran outside and saw the semi driver trying to squeeze his way out of the passenger door. He and his co-workers helped the man out.

“He said that he was taking a sip of coffee, started to cough and then passed out,” Sturges told a KOIN 6 reporter.

Baca is still being treated at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland hospital for serious, non-life threatening injuries. The other two work crew members were identified as Lynette Urwin, 42, and Ruby Johnson, 32.

Multnomah County authorities said Baca was originally scheduled for release Feb. 21 but has been released from custody early as a result of the crash. Urwin is serving a short sentence for attempted criminal mischief and is set for release Feb. 15. Johnson is serving time for possession of methamphetamine and is also scheduled for release Feb. 15, according to the Multnomah County Jail.

Gagarin was driving for hauling firm Market Transport and was using safety restraints at the time of the crash, police said.

The inmates were engaged in roadside cleanup up litter as part of a contract between the county and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

TVF&R HazMat firefighters worked to clean up an estimated 25 to 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the overturned truck. Fifty feet of booming was placed in a culvert to contain the spill and firefighters and ODOT personnel pumped the remaining fuel out of the truck’s tanks.

The crash caused long traffic tailbacks for several hours afterward.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: OREGON STATE POLICE - Traffic on Interstate 5 this morning following a semi-truck crash that injured three members of a Multnomah County inmate work crew.




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