2 construction workers injured in hit-and-run along I-5 northbound near Aurora

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A driver took off after crashing into a construction vehicle early Tuesday morning on Interstate 5 northbound just north of the Donald/Aurora exit, injuring two workers.

Oregon State Police officials said both construction workers are being treated at local hospitals; one is listed in critical condition.

According to police, the workers from Knife River Oregon were cleaning up construction barrels after a project at milepost 280 (about four miles south of Wilsonville) at about 3:15 a.m. when a white box van drove through the area.

Both workers were inside a pickup truck at the time of the crash.

State police officials said they found the suspect vehicle farther north on the interstate. They have contacted the driver in the hit-and-run and are considering charges in the case.

Emergency responders closed I-5 down to one northbound lane for several hours to investigate the crash. Drivers had to deal with extensive delays on I-5 with backups as far south as Woodburn.

Drivers could take Highway 99E or the Wilsonville-Hubbard Highway as Timesaver Traffic alternate routes.

Oregon State Police asks anyone who may have helpful information on the crash to call (503) 375-3555.

Below is a statement from Brian Gray, president of Knife River's Oregon operations:

This is a terrible situation that did not have to happen. Our team members were working in the closed lane, on the other side of traffic barrels when their vehicle was hit. We ask two things: Please keep our injured team members and their families in your thoughts, and please pay extra attention and slow down in work zones so something like this never happens again.


Police said they stopped another driver who was speeding past traffic at about 100 mph, weaving in and out of traffic and using the road's shoulder.

State Police Lt. Charpentier said they took that driver into custody on reckless driving charges.

That driver was not involved in the initial hit-and-run investigation.