Salem teen killed in I-5 crash near Woodburn

An 18-year-old Salem teen was killed in a two-car crash on Monday afternoon, closing Interstate 5 for more than two hours.

Jacob Hernandez-Arellano changed lanes–from the left lane to the middle lane–into the path of a semi truck with a trailer around 2:40 p.m., according to Oregon State Police. 

The vehicles crashed and came to a rest in the right lane and shoulder near milepost 277 in the southbound lanes.

Hernandez-Arellano was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The driver of the semi truck, Jasvir Singh, 52, of California, was not injured. An underage passenger in Hernandez-Arellano’s Honda Civic sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Salem Hospital.

Contact reporter Caitlyn May at [email protected].

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Caitlyn May served as a journalist for nearly a decade in Nevada and in Linn Lane counties in Oregon with a focus on rural stories and long-form journalism. A graduate of both Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, she currently serves as an elementary school teacher but returns to journalism now and then, remaining a dedicated supporter of the Fourth Estate.