A Vancouver woman remained in serious condition late Tuesday 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 on the road 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 northbound in a 2004 Nissan Murano 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 that there were no skid marks.
Dunsmore was extricated by firefighters from the Ashland Fire Department and Jackson County Fire District 5. She was transported by Mercy Flights air ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center, where she was admitted in serious condition Tuesday morning. Her condition had not changed as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, hospital spokesman Grant Walker said.
She was using safety restraints and her vehicle’s airbags deployed, 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 for about 20 minutes to allow the air ambulance to respond. An investigation continues.