A blown-out tire may have cased a six-vehicle crash that snarled Interstate 5 in Salem and hospitalized three people on Tuesday.
Gary Teeter was driving a 2002 GMC Envoy SUV north on the freeway when he lost control at about 2:30 p.m., crossing a grass median and slamming into an oncoming car just north of Portland Road NE, according to Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings.
Teeter's vehicle first hit a 1998 Volkswagen GTI car. Four other cars were damaged as they tried to avoid the crash, Hastings said. He told troopers he thought one of the SUV's tires blew out and he lost control.
Teeter, 56 and Darthee Teeter, 88, both of Keizer, were in the SUV and were taken to Salem Hospital with minor injuries and later released.Volkswagen driver Elizabeth H. Miller, 44, of Salem, was hospitalized with serious injuries.
All three people were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.