Oregon Police Issue Warning About Shootings Along I-5, One Semi-Truck Hit
Josephine County, OR – Oregon authorities are warning truckers and motorists to be on the lookout along along a stretch of Interstate 5 after a recent series of shootings.
On Wednesday, the Oregon State Police (OSP) issued a press release advising drivers along I-5 between Roseburg and Grants Pass to proceed with caution due to an alarming increase in gunfire attacks.
“In the last several weeks OSP has investigated five vehicles that have been struck by bullets on I-5 between milepost 67 and 100,” an OSP statement said.
OSP Captain Tim Fox told NBC 5 that one of the vehicles that took gunfire was a semi-truck.
“It’s a dangerous thing, I mean when you’re shooting rounds at cars there’s no way to know what you’re going to hit,” Fox said. “We need to just figure this out before someone gets hurt, at this point we haven’t had any injuries and we’re really thankful for that, but we need to put a stop to it as soon as we can.”
OSP did not provide many specifics about the time of day the shootings are occurring or if there is any linkage to them.
— Oregon State Police (@ORStatePolice) July 15, 2020
Additionally, investigators are asking anyone who believes your vehicle has been struck by gunfire to come forward.
OSP indicated it could be likely more attacks have happened that have simply gone unreported.
If you have information regarding the shootings or if you believe your vehicle has been struck, you are asked to contact the OSP Southern Command Center at 1-800-442-2068.
We continue to see an alarming rise in interstate and highway shootings.
Just yesterday, a trucker in Milwaukee came under a gunfire attack in the early morning hours along I-94.
Click HERE to get the update on this driver’s condition and what the trucker told police happened.
The day before that, a truck driver in Michigan was attacked also along I-94.
Add to this, as Transportation Nation Network (TNN) reported, a trucker was found on Saturday afternoon in his semi-truck shot to death in a suburb of Chicago.
His identity has yet to be released, but TNN is continuing to work to obtain the latest on the ongoing investigation.
TransportationNation.com will continue to monitor this issue.