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Update: Police identify 50-year-old Roseburg man killed on I-5

A 50-year-old Roseburg man killed Saturday on Interstate 5 in Roseburg had a history of mental illness and may have intentionally stepped into the path of a commercial truck, according to the Oregon State Police.

Charles P. Earwood was walking in a northbound lane near Milepost 126 in Roseburg at about 2:05 p.m. and stepped in front of the truck, troopers said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck’s driver, William R. Iben, 47, of Chehalis, Washington, was not injured.

One northbound lane was closed for a couple of hours as police investigated, slowing northbound traffic through Roseburg. The southbound lanes were not affected.

According to OSP, troopers are working with the Douglas County Medical Examiner’s Office to confirm Earwood intentionally stepped in front of the truck.

Last Monday, troopers and Douglas County sheriff’s deputies reported stopping a suicidal 15-year-old girl from running into traffic on I-5 near Myrtle Creek.

In a press release Saturday, troopers said help is available around the clock for suicidal people. The Douglas County crisis help line is available 24 hours a day at 541-440-3532 or 800-866-9780.

Following is the earlier version of the story that was posted Saturday:

A 50-year-old Roseburg man killed Saturday on Interstate 5 in Roseburg had a history of mental illness and may have intentionally stepped into the path of a commercial truck, according to the Oregon State Police.

Troopers did not identify the man Saturday, though they said the man’s name would be released today.

The man was walking in a northbound lane near Milepost 126 in Roseburg and stepped in front of the truck, troopers said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck’s driver, William R. Iben, 47, of Chehalis, Washington, was not injured.

One northbound lane was closed for a couple of hours as police investigated, slowing northbound traffic through Roseburg. The southbound lanes were not affected.

According to OSP, troopers are working with the Douglas County Medical Examiner’s Office to confirm the man intentionally stepped in front of the truck.

Last Monday, troopers and Douglas County sheriff’s deputies reported stopping a suicidal 15-year-old girl from running into traffic on I-5 near Myrtle Creek.

In a press release Saturday, troopers said help is available around the clock for suicidal people. The Douglas County crisis help line is available 24 hours a day at 541-440-3532 or 800-866-9780.

Below is the original version of the story was posted Saturday:

A pedestrian was struck and killed today by a northbound commercial truck on Interstate 5 at Milepost 127 in Roseburg, according to the Oregon State Police.

One northbound lane was closed this afternoon as troopers investigate, causing congestion through Roseburg. All lanes were reopened shortly before 5 p.m.

The southbound lanes were not affected.


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