On Saturday March 28, 2014, at 11:44 p.m., Officer Tyrone Willard observed a vehicle traveling 71 MPH on northbound I-5 at Corbett Street. Officer Willard attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver didn't pull over to the right shoulder until she was on the approach to the Marquam Bridge.
Officer Willard was seated in his patrol car, about to exit to contact the driver when a tractor trailer, loaded with wood chips, side-swiped the patrol car then swerved into the left lane, striking a Honda Civic that was also traveling northbound. The speeding vehicle that Officer Willard stopped did not sustain any damage.
Officer Willard and the driver of the Honda were both transported to Portland hospitals for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.
The police car, a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria, sustained serious damage to the rear and left side of the vehicle. The Honda Civic was heavily damaged by the crash.
The driver originally stopped for speeding was issued a citation.
The truck driver, 33-year-old Richard Collins of Eugene, was given citations for Careless Driving (with a crash) and Failure to Maintain a Safe Distance from an Emergency Vehicle. The truck is owned by Walsh Trucking Company of Troutdale, Oregon.
The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind drivers to slow down and move over when they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road.
The Portland Police Bureau released this video in 2012 discussing 811.147 (Failure to Maintain a Safe Distance from an Emergency Vehicle): http://youtu.be/eRx8K6q0Lj0
Officer Willard is a seven-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, assigned to the Traffic Division.
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