Motorist pulls trucker from fiery crash on I-5

Terence Jay Shaw, 51, was rushed to a Portland hospital

Terence Jay Shaw was headed north on I-5 driving a Freightliner with a trailer when he hit a guardrail and hit the pillar of the overpass for Highway 20, September 1, 2017 (OSP)
Terence Jay Shaw was headed north on I-5 driving a Freightliner with a trailer when he hit a guardrail and hit the pillar of the overpass for Highway 20, September 1, 2017 (OSP)

ALBANY, Ore. (KOIN) — A truck driver was pulled to safety just before his rig became engulfed in flames after he crashed into a pillar for a Highway 20 overpass just after midnight Friday.

Terence Jay Shaw was headed north on I-5 driving a Freightliner with a trailer when he hit a guardrail and hit the pillar of the overpass. Another motorist stopped and pulled the 51-year-old Riverside, California man from the truck before fire overtook it.

Oregon State Police and other emergency responders arrived. Shaw was rushed to a Portland hospital for treatment of injuries and burns.

I-5 was closed while crews put out the fire and cleaned up the crash site.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.