Oregon state senator's wife killed in I-5 crash

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State Police are investigating a fatal crash that killed the wife of a state senator.

Oregon Public Broadcasting ( ) reports that a semi-truck hauling a box trailer was unable to avoid 54-year-old Leta Baertschiger while she was out walking in the right lane of Interstate 5 near Grants Pass on Saturday night.

Baertschiger is the wife of Herman Baertschiger, a Republican state senator from southern Oregon.

State police are unsure why the woman was walking along the freeway.

Baertschiger is survived by her husband and two sons.

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