Linn County – On Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at approximately 2:10 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 219.
Preliminary investigation revealed a Freightliner CMV, operated by Pritpal Singh (31) of Sacramento, CA, was stopped in the slow lane due to an earlier crash. A second Freightliner, operated by Kirpal Singh (63) of Yuba City, CA, collided with the stopped CMV and caught fire. This caused a chain reaction rear-ending of a Nissan Armada, operated by Patricia Foster (36) of Central Point, and a Ford Focus, operated by Kevin Loomis (55) of Norway, Michigan.
Kirpal Singh sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Pritpal Singh, Patricia Foster and Kevin Loomis were uninjured. Pritpal Singh and Kirpal Singh are not related.
Interstate 5 was closed for approximately 8 hours while the OSP Troopers and OSP Collision Reconstruction Unit investigated the scene. This was the second chain reaction crash on a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 5 within 6 hours.
OSP was assisted by Halsey/Shedd Fire Department and ODOT.