Parts of Interstate 5 were shut down Thursday night after a U-Haul truck slammed into a freeway barrier near Myrtle Creek, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The driver, 22-year-old Zachary Douglas Ruhs, of Susanville, California, fell asleep behind the wheel of the box truck, before crashing into the guardrail just before 5:30 p.m., according to Oregon State Police.

An emergency notification was sent out alerting drivers that the crash had closed one northbound lane and the off-ramp near milepost 108. Travelers were warned of long delays as traffic had already backed up about 2 miles by the time the notification had been issued.

About an hour later, the off-ramp was reopened, but the northbound lane wasn’t cleared until approximately 8 p.m.

Ruhs was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries, according to police. The truck, a Ford E-450, was towed from the scene after sustaining major damage.

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