Oregon State University sports broadcaster Mike Parker survived a serious Interstate 5 spin earlier this week.
“I can’t even tell you how many times the car went around. I honestly had time to process thoughts of not coming out of it but then the car stopped. My hands were still on the wheel, I opened the door and got out,” Parker said according to KGW News. He also told the KGW that the median cable had just enough flexibility to stop his vehicle gradually, allowing him to walk away.
Parker was returning from a trip to Portland on Monday when the spin occurred. “I am grateful to be here and back on the radio interviewing guys like Beaver quarterback Jake Luton,” said Parker to KGW. “Now, more than ever, I realize being the voice of the Beavers is a true blessing.”
The Cable Barrier is No Accident
The safety enhancement that protected Parker at milepost 241 is a fairly recent infrastructure addition. Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz lost her husband to an I-5 collision near Salem about 5 years ago.
Fritz responded to Parker’s tweet about the wreck, in her own tweet, posting, “I’m grateful the median barricades installed due to the Fritz-Fairchild Act have saved another life.” So are we.
By Andy Thompson