Truck slams into bridge; trailer falls into the river

The driver of this truck had to be extricated by emergency crews Wednesday, April 12. (Oregon State Police photo)The driver of this truck had to be extricated by emergency crews Wednesday, April 12. (Oregon State Police photo)

A trailer loaded with wooden pallets fell into the Umpqua River in southwest Oregon earlier this week when the truck hauling it slammed into the Scottsburg Bridge.

The crash closed Highway 38 Wednesday afternoon and it could remain closed through the weekend, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The mishap occurred at about 2 p.m. Wednesday. While the trailer went over the side of the bridge and into the river, the driver, Sergi Borodin, 26, of Seattle, was trapped in the truck. Media reports say emergency crews had to extricate Borodin before transporting him to a local hospital for minor injuries. He was later released, according to the Oregon State Police.

Troopers said speed was likely a contributing factor in the crash and that Borodin was issued citations for several traffic violations. ODOT officials are recommending drivers use Highway 42 or Highway 126. Closure signs are posted along Highway 38 in Reedsport and Elkton as well as along Interstate 5 and Highway 101.

The trailer of the truck that struck a bridge in southwest Oregon fell into the Umpqua River. (Oregon State Police photo)The trailer of the truck that struck a bridge in southwest Oregon fell into the Umpqua River. (Oregon State Police photo)