A teen driver nearly careened off of the Garden Valley Boulevard overpass and onto Interstate 5 Thursday afternoon but was instead stopped by a light pole cement pad and some shrubbery, said officials from the Roseburg Police Department.

At approximately 4 p.m., a 16-year-old male driver was traveling west on Garden Valley Boulevard in Roseburg when he changed from the left lane to the right lane of travel. While merging, the driver steered too close to the curb, which police say grabbed the vehicle’s tire and pulled the vehicle off of the roadway and onto the sidewalk.

Roseburg Police Capt. Jerry Matthews said the incident happened too quickly that the driver was unable to react in time in order to keep the vehicle, a 1998 Honda Passport, from hopping the sidewalk and driving down the nearby embankment.

The vehicle was stopped from rolling onto the freeway below by a light pole cement pad and some shrubbery that lined the road, but crews rushed to prevent the teetering vehicle from toppling over and rolling down the rest of the embankment.

Matthews said the situation was made worse by a water main that was broken during the crash which was gushing water and washing away solid ground that was holding the vehicle to the side of the embankment.

Crews from the Roseburg Fire Department arrived to the scene and secured the vehicle to the light pole to keep it from rolling. Roseburg Towing also responded to the scene and was able to hoist the vehicle out of the shrubs and back onto the roadway.

An Oregon Department of Transportation employee also arrived to shut off the water main.

Matthews said no one was injured during the crash and that the driver was not issued a citation.

Reporter Ian Campbell can be reached at 541-957-4209 or ian@nrtoday.com. Or follow him on Twitter @MrCampbell17.

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The guy that crashed does his insurance pay the city for the damage done? Not even a reckless driving ticket? Oh, I forgot he was only 16 and we don't hold them to adult standards.

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