A Vancouver woman was in serious condition Tuesday morning with injuries suffered when the car she was driving collided with a parked tractor-trailer on the shoulder of Interstate 5 near the Siskiyou summit in Oregon.
Carol Dunsmore, 75, apparently fell asleep Monday afternoon, a press release from the Oregon State Police said.
Senior Trooper Tom Harrison said the accident happened just minutes before 3 p.m. Dunsmore was driving a 2004 Nissan Murano and was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 4. She was driving about 60 mph when the car drifted from the left lane toward the right shoulder and crashed into the left rear corner of the parked tractor-trailer. Harrison noted there were no skid marks prior to impact.
Dunsmore was extricated by firefighters from Ashland Fire Department and Jackson County Fire District 5. She was transported by Mercy Flights air ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center. She was listed in serious condition Tuesday morning, hospital spokesman Grant Walker said.
She was using safety restraints and her vehicle’s airbags deployed, the OSP said. Her small dog died in the crash.
The truck’s driver was uninjured and was resting in the sleeper when the crash occurred.
The northbound lanes were closed about 20 minutes to allow the air ambulance to respond. An investigation continues.