UPDATE: Portland Police Major Crash Team Investigating Fatal Crash in East Portland

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May 16, 2012 11:04

  

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The Major Crash Team is continuing the investigation into this morning's crash on East Burnside.

Preliminary information indicates that the vehicle, a 2012 Chevy Traverse SUV was travelling at a speed of approximately 90 mph just prior to the driver losing control and hitting a telephone polie, tree, fence and yard. One person was ejected and died at the scene.

The person killed in the crash has been identified as 33-year-old Shelby Lynn Williams of Southeast Portland. Investigators believe Williams was the driver in the crash.

The passenger, 28-year-old Cleveland Nelson, was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Traffic was diverted off of East Burnside for several hours as officers processed the crash scene.

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This morning, Wednesday May 16, 2012, at 1:57 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to East Precinct responded to the report of a crash at Northeast 146th Avenue and Burnside Street.

Officers arrived and discovered a single vehicle crash into a power pole at approximately 146th Avenue in the Westbound lanes of East Burnside Street. Officers located one person deceased and another injured. Medical personnel arrived and transported the injured person to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is enroute to begin an investigation into the crash. Portland Fire & Rescue and Portland General Electric is onscene to check the power pole for damage.

Westbound Burnside from 148th Avenue will be closed for the next several hours as investigators process the crash scene. It does not appear that MAX service will be disrupted.

No additional details are available at this time.

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