Location: Interstate 5 Near Ashland
Name: Robert Ormerod
A commercial truck driver from California died when the truck he was driving veered off Interstate 5 near Ashland and landed in Bear Creek.
Oregon State Police report that at about 4:19pm, Robert Ormerod, age 69 of Shingletown, California, was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 15 when he lost control of his vehicle. The truck went over an embankment and landed in Bear Creek, spilling some of its produce load and diesel into the water.
Ormerod, who was driving for Youngman Trucking, died at the scene.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Ormerod’s loved ones, who are no doubt grieving their loss after this tragic accident. We hope that they will receive the support and help they need to get through this trying period.
While accidents like this one can seem black or white, a closer investigation will sometimes turn up a surprise. Many will assume that the driver fell asleep at the wheel, or stopped paying attention for some other reason. And perhaps that is exactly what happened. But there are many other possibilities as well. Poor road conditions may have caused this crash or there may be missing warning signs needed in that area. If that is the case, the city/county/state may share liability. Maybe the truck had mechanical or steering problems. These things happen, and when someone is seriously injured or killed, a competent Oregon personal injury attorney can investigate and find out what happened. Usually at no cost. For more information on what to do in the case of an Oregon accident, contact our office or read 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case.