According to Trooper Kevin Ely, on May 30, 2015 at about 07:39 AM, a 2011 Freightliner Bus registered to HUT Transport was traveling southbound near milepost 269, when the operator, Jack C HEISLER, 72, of Stayton, dropped a water bottle.
Passengers on the bus stated they observed HEISLER attempt to retrieve it off the floor when he lost control and crossed the center median, broke through the cable barrier and crossed the northbound lanes. The bus left the roadway and rolled onto it’s driver side. HEISLER and
both passengers were transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.
At the time of the crash, Michael C GRIFFIN, 62, of Eugene was operating a 1995 Saturn Sedan northbound. When the bus crashed through the barrier, portions of it struck GRIFFIN’s vehicle. He was uninjured.
At least two lanes of I-5 northbound were closed for hours while recovery efforts on the bus were attempted.
The investigation is continuing and if there were any witnesses to crash, they are urged to contact Trooper Kevin Ely of the Salem Area Command at 503-930-6145. No further information at this time.