Saturday, August 29, 2009

....Circus trailer wreck closes I-5....

....Medford Fire Department Capt. Dewayne Prose checks out the southbound hitch on a northbound trailer stuck on Interstate 5’s concrete divider early Friday afternoon. The non-injury accident backed up traffic for miles....
Mail Tribune / Bob Pennell

May 22, 2004

A trailer serving as living quarters for a group of traveling circus performers came unhitched Friday on Interstate 5 in Medford, crashing into the center divider and blocking lanes in both directions for about three hours.
Nobody was in the northbound trailer when it broke loose from a semi truck during the noon hour, struck the concrete center divider, flipped over and came to rest on top of it between the north- and southbound lanes, Oregon State Police trooper Bill Matson said. No one was injured.

The truck’s driver, whose name was not available, was cited for not following tow-safety laws, Matson said.

At about 12:15 p.m., OSP troopers and emergency workers responded to a call of an accident on the I-5 viaduct through Medford at milepost 28 between the viaduct and north Medford interchange. When they arrived, police found the trailer on its side, straddling the highway’s "Jersey" barrier, Matson said.

The trailer blocked fast-lane freeway traffic in both directions. Police shut down those lanes for about three hours until the trailer could be removed, Matson said.

The trailer’s contents, which included personal items apparently belonging to circus performers who stayed there, were scattered around the wreckage after the trailer smashed into the barrier.

Matson said the circus group was traveling from California to Canada for its next performance.