August 26, 2010 22:53Portland Police Bureau Traffic Investigators have completed their investigation into this morning's traffic accident that closed the southbound lanes of the I-205 Glenn Jackson Bridge for several hours.
Investigators spoke to witnesses who described a silver 1998 Honda Civic 2-door driving recklessly alongside a vehicle described as a "red Pontiac" that was also driving recklessly. The witnesses told police that this reckless behavior started in Washington and continued southbound on the I-205 bridge.
Just inside the Oregon border, the silver Honda struck a tractor trailer rig with two trailers in the left rear axle of the tractor, causing the semi to drive over the top of the silver Honda, nearly flattening the car. The tractor trailer rig tipped up onto the right wheels and lost control, eventually crashing into the center divider and toppling onto its side. The second trailer detached from the rig and rolled to a stop in the middle of the bridge. The crash scene extended nearly 700 feet in all and occurred within an ODOT Work Zone.
The driver and passenger from the Honda climbed out of the wreckage and ran over to the northbound lanes and attempted to flag down passing cars. After nobody stopped, they returned to their vehicle. Shortly after EMS responded and transported both people to a Southwest Washington Hospital with minor injuries. The truck driver was not injured in the accident.
Washington State Patrol responded to the hospital to assist Portland Police with the investigation. Ultimately the driver of the Honda was issued a citation from Portland Police for DUII and Reckless Driving in Oregon. Washington State Patrol then arrested the driver of the Honda for DUII in Washington.
The arrested driver of the Honda was identified as 21-year-old Ilya Anikin (male). The driver of the Conway Company tractor trailer was identified as Brenton Reimer. Reimer was not cited.
Anyone with information about the "red Pontiac" should contact the Portland Police Bureau at (503) 823-4357. It is not believed that the "red Pontiac" has any damage related to this incident.
At 2:22 a.m. this morning, Portland Police Officers were dispatched to an accident in the southbound lanes of the I-205 Glenn Jackson Bridge. Officers arrived to find all southbound lanes blocked, midspan, on the north leg of the bridge. A semi-truck and two trailers rolled on its side and smashed a 1998 Honda Civic coupe. Officers learned that the Honda and another car, described as a red Pontiac Grand Am, were in some sort of road rage incident that caused the accident with the semi-truck, which was not involved in the road rage. The Pontiac was not involved in the accident and continued to travel southbound. Portland Police would like to speak with the driver of the Pontiac.
The occupants of the Honda were transported to a Southwest Washington hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Portland Police Traffic Division is investigating.
All southbound lanes of I-205 on the bridge will be closed for the next 1 to 1.5 hours as crews work to remove all the vehicles and trailers from the scene. Alternate traffic route would be SR 14 to I-5.
Sgt. Pete Simpson