Wrong-way SUV collides with semi on I-5, woman killed

A 35-year-old woman passenger died at the scene

Traffic accident, file. (MGN)
Traffic accident, file. (MGN)

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — An SUV traveling the wrong way on Interstate 5 collided head-on with a semi-truck, killing one person and injuring another.

Oregon State Police said the crash happened Tuesday shortly after midnight. The driver of a new Honda SUV was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes just north of Rice Hill in Douglas County. The driver, 39-year-old Charles B. Jones,  was seriously injured and his 35-year-old passenger, Deanna L. Teaven, died at the scene.

The 23-year-old truck driver from Santa Ana, California, was not hurt.

State police say alcohol is being considered a contributing factor, but the investigation remains active.

The collision caused one northbound lane to be closed for more than six hours.

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