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I-5 car crash results in fire, death of occupant

UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 48-year-old Emuel James Smothers, of Dallas, Oregon.

A fatal crash on northbound Interstate 5 north of Aurora Friday afternoon has left one person dead and traffic delayed.

According to Oregon State Police, when a 1993 Buick Regal was passing milepost 281 in the far right lane, it swerved for aby: OREGON STATE POLICE - Police continue to investigate the scene of a fatal crash on Interstate 5 northbound Friday.n unknown reason and traveled off the right shoulder. The car traveled for about 200 feet before colliding head-on with a tree, when its interior burst into flames.

The male occupant was pronounced dead at the scene. Police will release his name once he is positively identified and next of kin is notified.

The fire was extinguished by personnel from Aurora Rural Fire Protection District.

All three lanes of northbound I-5 were opened within an hour but traffic delays continued through the afternoon. Any witnesses to the cause of the crash who have not spoken to investigating troopers are asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.



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