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Police: Trucker high on meth crashed, spilling lumber and closing I-5

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A trucker high on drugs crashed his big rig loaded with lumber Tuesday, blocking the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 at Canyon Mountain, Oregon State Police said. (OSP photo)

CANYONVILLE, Ore. - A trucker high on meth crashed his big rig loaded with lumber Tuesday, blocking the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 at Canyon Mountain, Oregon State Police said.

Troopers said the 2005 Volvo truck towing a load of lumber went off the road and then overturned as the big rig re-entered the road around 5 p.m.

The crash closed I-5 southbound for 2 hours while crews removed the truck, trailer and lumber from the road, police said.

Troopers arrested the driver - identified as Richard A. Heller, 53, of Tacoma - on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (Controlled Substance), Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

Heller's passenger, 46-year-old Tina M. Gorrie, was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, police said.