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Semi Driver Says He Choked On Coffee Before Hitting Inmate Crew On Side Of Highway

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By Paul Johnson

Wilsonville, Oregon (CNN) - Police say a truck driver who apparently choked while drinking coffee lost control and crashed his semi near Portland, Oregon.
The crash injured two women from an inmate crew picking up litter on the shoulder of the road.
It happened on I-5 in Wilsonville Tuesday morning.
Witnesses say the driver told them he took a sip of coffee, started to choke and passed out.
Authorities said he sideswiped a road crew vehicle and then hit the crew.
The truck went off the pavement and into a roadside barrier in a ditch.
One inmate was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
The other was treated at the scene.
And the semi driver was treated and released from a hospital.
There's no word yet on whether he'll be charged with anything.


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