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Cars crash during memorial for officers killed on highway

As a permanent roadside memorial honoring two Oregon officers killed along I-5 north of Albany was being unveiled, two cars crashed at the scene.
/ Source: KGW-TV

As a permanent roadside memorial honoring two Oregon officers killed along I-5 north of Albany was being unveiled, two cars crashed at the scene.

The memorial was created to honor two officers who had been helping a family in a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of I-5 when they were struck by a drowsy driver.

Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Maria Mignano and off-duty Albany officer Jason Hoerauf died in the accident. Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright barely survived.

The recent passage of House Bill 3039 authorized roadside signs that honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

A tribute was held along the freeway Thursday to unveil Oregon’s first roadside memorial sign. Orange cones were placed along the road and traffic alerts had been issued, but the crash occurred anyway.

Investigators have not said whether the drivers said they were distracted by the roadside event. No word yet on injuries, either.

The new roadside sign is located on I-5, at the Ankeny Hill Exit near milepost 243. Traffic was backed up quite a distance after the crash.