UPDATE #2: I-84 Eastbound Reopens After Fatal Crash

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November 19, 2019 08:19


The MCT and Oregon Department of Transportation have completed on-scene investigation and cleanup of this morning's fatal crash. I-84 has reopened.

Investigators are continuing to analyze evidence and interview witnesses to determine the cause of the crash. If anyone not only saw the crash, but saw driving behavior of vehicles before the crash, please contact lead investigator Garrett Dow at 503-823-5070 Garrett.Dow@portlandoregon.gov . The incident number is 19-397952.

This is the 60th MCT call out and the 50th traffic fatality for the year in Portland.

The Portland Police Traffic Division is committed to providing enforcement and raising awareness regarding traffic safety for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Each year, traffic officers respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can deeply impact those involved, their families and loved ones. Traffic officers' number one priority is to address behaviors of all road users that might lead to a collision, including speed, impairment, distraction, and disobeying signals.

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work toward reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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Crash investigators are continuing their work on eastbound I-84 and hope to have the freeway reopened within the hour. We appreciate the public's patience as we conduct this important work.

This release version corrects the day of the incident, Tuesday.

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A fatal crash investigation is closing I-84 eastbound between Northeast 39th Avenue and the I-205 interchange, and it will likely stay in place for several hours.

On Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 3:09 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a crash involving a car and a semi on eastbound I-84 at Northeast 74th Avenue. When officers arrived they located a car wrecked into the back of a tractor-trailer and a deceased person. Preliminary indication is that the car was on fire at one point. The driver of the semi remained on scene. However, it is possible that there were other drivers involved in the crash that may not have realized what was happening and continued on.

The Major Crash Team (MCT) is on scene to conduct an investigation. If anyone witnessed any part of this crash and has not been contacted by police, they're asked to call contact lead investigator Garrett Dow at 503-823-5070 Garrett.Dow@portlandoregon.gov . The incident number is 19-397952.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when available.

This is the second MCT call out overnight, the 60th call out and the 50th fatality for the year. It is also the 5th call out in the last 7 days.

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