Northbound freeway traffic backed up several miles

Northbound freeway traffic is backed up for several miles between Central Point and Medford exits.

The congestion occurred as state Department of Transportation crews were attempting to remove a wrecked truck from the median north of Upton Road near Central Point.

Restrictions on truck travel over the Siskiyou Summit south of Medford was lifted simultaneously, and traffic backed up, said Gary Leaming, a spokesman for ODOT.

"We had crews out there trying to pull (the wrecked truck) out of there," said Leaming. "We got caught with all this truck traffic from the Siskiyous."

The line of cars stretched from Central Point to the north to Barnett Road in Medford to the south.

Leaming said crews had halted the wreck removal effort for now and that traffic should move again soon.

- Staff reports

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