Police: Man hit, killed by truck along I-5 in Roseburg

Police: Man hit, killed by truck along I-5 in Roseburg
Emergency crews on the scene of a fatal pedestrian vs. commercial truck crash on I-5 in Roseburg (KPIC News photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A man was hit and killed by a commercial truck Saturday afternoon after he stepped out in front of traffic while walking on the northbound shoulder of I-5 in Roseburg, Oregon State Police said.

Troopers at the scene said Charles Earwood, 50, of Roseburg, walked out onto the freeway in front of a northbound semi-truck just after 2 p.m. Saturday near the Stewart Parkway overpass (about milepost 125) in Roseburg.

Medical responders pronounced Earwood dead at the scene.

State Police officials said the man has had a history of mental illness. Investigators are working with the Douglas County Medical Examiner to determine whether or not Earwood's death was intentional.

State Police Sergeant Ken Terry said crews closed the right northbound lane of I-5 for nearly three hours while  a state police team reconstructed the crash.

The semi truck's driver was unhurt in the crash. State Police said he's fully cooperating with their investigation.


If you or someone you know is in an immediate mental health crisis and/or needs help with suicidal thoughts, professionals at the the Douglas County Crisis Call Help line are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at (541) 440-3532 or 800-866-9780.

Mental health crisis intervention services are also available at local hospitals, secondary schools, and the Douglas County Mental Health Department.