UPDATE: Victim in Fatal Crash on Marquam Bridge Identified (Photo)

November 28, 2023 18:44


The motorcyclist who died in the crash on the Marquam Bridge is identified as Brady Roy Wehage, 22, of Gresham, Oregon. His family has been notified of his death.

Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.


*Original Messages Below***

The on-scene investigation into the fatal crash on the Marquam Bridge has finished and final clean-up is underway. The freeway is expected to fully reopen by 2:00p.m.

This is the 65th fatal crash of 2023 in Portland, which includes 1 suicide and 1 medical event. That is a higher figure than the Portland fatal crashes counted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA’s count excludes crashes involving suicide, private property, non-public roadways, non-motor vehicles, and deaths that happen more than 30 days after a crash.


***Original Message Below***

Southbound I-5 is closed at the Marquam Bridge after a fatal crash involving a motorcyclist.

On Thursday, November 23, 2023 at 9:46a.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a crash on southbound I-5 midspan Marquam Bridge (lower deck). When they arrived they found a motorcyclist down with passers-by engaging in first aid efforts. The rider, an adult male, was transported to a hospital by ambulance. Despite lifesaving efforts, he died.

Preliminary investigation suggests the crash involved only the motorcyclist and no other motorists were involved.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team is responding to investigate the crash. During the investigation, all lanes of I-5 southbound are closed. The ramp from northbound I-405 Fremont Bridge to southbound I-5 is closed. The westbound I-84 to southbound I-5 ramp is also closed.

Southbound I-5 traffic can use I-405 southbound as a bypass, or exit to eastbound I-84. Traffic coming westbound I-84 can go northbound I-5 and then to I-405 southbound to bypass the crash. The ramps to the Morrison Bridge remain open. The Oregon Department of Transportation responded to assist with traffic control.

The Portland Police Bureau is seeking witnesses to this crash and what happened immediately before. If any witnesses have information, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 23-304119.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released as appropriate.

Photo descriptions:
1-Portland Police officers investigate the crash on the lanes of the freeway. One police motorcycle and 4 PPB SUVs are parked near the crash.
2- Portland police officers investigating a motorcycle crash on the freeway, PPB SUV parked in land with lights flashing



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