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Trailer axle breaks, damages three cars on I-5

Photo Credit: OSP - A sports utility vehicle and two other cars were damaged after a semitruck's wheel and axle snapped off while traveling along Interstate 5 on Monday.Three vehicles were damaged along Interstate 5 on Monday after a semitrailer's rear axle and wheels came loose, flying across the roadway.

Oregon State Police officers were called to the scene of a crash near milepost 290 along the interstate at about 3 p.m. Photo Credit: OSP - The wheel flew across southbound Interstate 5, through a fence and into the parking lot of Men's Wearhouse near Bridgeport Village.

According to authorities, a commercial truck pulling a flatbed semitrailer was traveling south on I-5 near Bridgeport Village and Southwest Lower Boones Ferry Road, when the trailer’s left, rear axle and wheels broke loose.

The wheels and axle flew off of the trailer and bounced off the center concrete barrier, striking a Dodge Durango traveling behind the trailer. The wheel and axle continued to careen off the highway, crashing through a fence and smashing into the roof and side of two parked cars outside of Men’s Wearhouse, 16940 S.W. 72nd Ave., at Bridgeport.

No one was injured in the crash, police said. No arrests were made.

Tigard Police and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted in the investigation.

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