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'Large metal object' falls from pickup, causing 10-vehicle crash on I-5 near Woodburn

Photos courtesy KATU reporter Bob Heye

WOODBURN, Ore. – Ten cars crashed on Interstate 5 near Woodburn Tuesday night when a large band saw fell from a pickup truck into the southbound lanes, Oregon State Police said.

One person was taken to the hospital as a result of the crashes, according to police.

Troopers were first called out about 9:30 p.m. on reports of a "large metal object" fell from a pickup into traffic. Witnesses said the driver stopped and started running towards it, but ran back to his truck and drove away once vehicles started to hit it.

One of the cars ended up rolling several times. The driver of that car was transported to a nearby hospital.

State police report that the "object" is a red-and-black band saw about 5 feet long and two feet wide. They didn't get a description of the driver aside from it being a male driving a Ford F250-type pickup.

As of 11 p.m., troopers were still at the scene. Drivers are asked to use caution when going through the area while the investigation is underway.

If you have any helpful information, call OSP at 1(800) 452-7888.

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