Release: Fatal crash on Interstate 5 in Douglas County

From Oregon State Police, Thursday, Nov. 4, 9:16 a.m.

On November 3, 2021, at around 10:50 P.M., a Tow Operator with Walt’s Tow Company was recovering a vehicle on Interstate 5 near MP 126 southbound. A commercial motor vehicle traveling south failed to move over for an emergency vehicle (tow truck) and struck the tow truck and the operator.

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The tow operator, Henry Alan Lichtwald (63) of Roseburg, died on the scene as a result of the crash. The commercial motor vehicle operated by Jagraj Singh Sidhu (54) of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, immediately pulled over and cooperated with the investigation.

Interstate 5 was closed for a little more than an hour, then was restricted to one lane for 3-4 hours to clear the vehicles. Bill’s Towing towed the damaged tow truck. A&S Towing towed the commercial motor vehicle. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire and Fire District 2.

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