Driver in fatal wreck identified

The driver who died in Thursday's semitrailer crash on Interstate 5 near Ashland has been identified as Robert Ormerod, 69, of Shingletown, Calif.

Ormerod was driving for Youngman Trucking, of Anderson, Calif., when his truck went off the road on Interstate 5 near Exit 14 and into Bear Creek at about 4:19 p.m. Thursday.

Ormerod had been traveling north on the freeway when he drifted into the median just past the south Ashland exit. The truck fishtailed in the dirt and then launched off the embankment, falling about 30 feet and landing sideways in the creek, Oregon State Police said.

Pieces of the truck's trailer were still being removed Friday, according to Senior Trooper Stephanie Bigman.

OSP would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the accident and can be reached at 541-776-6236.

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