SALEM, Oregon - On Monday afternoon at about 2:20 p.m., a crash occurred on Interstate 5 involving an Oregon State Trooper and another motorist. Deputies were on scene for approximately one hour and one south bound lane of traffic was affected during the investigation.
Deputies concluded that Trenton Simon, age 25, of Scio was traveling south on Interstate 5 near the D Street overpass. Mr. Simon was in the fast lane when he took his eye off of the roadway, when Mr. Simon looked back up at the roadway, traffic had slowed and he swerved onto the left shoulder to avoid a collision.
When Mr. Simon swerved he struck an Oregon State Trooper's vehicle that was parked and conducting speed enforcement on that section of the interstate. Trooper Jason Davis was leaning out of the driver's side door using his Lidar and the resulting impact ejected him away from the vehicle and onto the shoulder. Mr. Simons Volkswagen Jetta rolled over and came to rest in one of the southbound lanes.
Luckily neither the Trooper nor Mr. Simon were seriously injured in the collision, both are being evaluated at Salem Hospital. Mr. Simon has been issued a citation for Careless Driving and both cars had to be towed from the scene. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further release of information regarding this incident.