At 7:03 p.m. on December 1, Eugene Police responded to a multi-vehicle crash at Franklin Boulevard, under I-5. A Springfield Police officer and multiple engines from Eugene Springfield Fire Department also responded to assist.
There had been snow in the Eugene area earlier in the day, most of which did not stick. However as daylight ended, the temperatures lowered to freezing, causing moisture on the roadway to develop black ice.
Responders arrived to find there were multiple crashes on both sides of Franklin Boulevard, with more than nine involved vehicles. One of the drivers, who had been in a white Subaru Forrester, was transported to a local hospital for precautionary evaluation after being extricated from the car by Eugene Springfield Fire. Eugene Springfield Fire remained on scene to assist with clearing the incident.
Responding agencies cleared the roadway allowing an ODOT truck to de-ice the roadway so traffic could be opened up. Involved parties were encouraged to exchange insurance information amongst each other. Multiple tow companies responded to clear disabled cars from the roadway.
It is likely some involved vehicles are not mentioned in this report as they might have left the location before Police arrival or called for their own tows.
The roadway was opened at about 8:57 p.m. to regular traffic, once de-iced.