PHILOMATH — An adult male was run over by a semi-truck on Friday afternoon and killed at the busy intersection of 19th and Main streets.
The accident, which occurred at about 3:30 p.m., is still under investigation, and the name of the deceased was withheld pending notification of his family.
It appears the commercial truck driver was not at fault, however, said Philomath Police Chief Ken Elwer.
Jillian Stevens, 20, of Philomath, said she saw the incident while driving her car.
The semi and trailer was stopped at the traffic light on Main going east, and the light turned green.
“It looked like the guy was jumping up in between” the cab and the trailer, Stevens added.
The truck driver stopped immediately and yelled for someone to call 911. Stevens already was on the phone.
The death shut down eastbound traffic on Main Street, which doubles as Highway 20/34.
With the covered body still underneath the trailer, public safety workers taped off the area and talked to witnesses. A tarp was put near the wheels to block the view of people passing by.
Cars still were being rerouted to Applegate Street nearly two hours afterward, Elwer said.
Joseph Nelson, 23, was pumping gas at the nearby Towne Pump.
“I saw a truck stopped at the lights, and then I saw green, and I didn’t see it move. … There was somebody underneath the tire,” he said.
Philomath Fire and Rescue responded to the scene, and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Corvallis Police Department and Oregon State Police had officers there to help out.
I live on Applegate, which is a block south of Main Street, between 19th and 20th. The accident was a block away.