Thursday, June 29, 2017

UPDATE: Fatal Crash Investigation Underway on North Columbia Boulevard

UPDATE: FATAL CRASH INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY ON NORTH COLUMBIA BOULEVARD


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: June 29th, 2017 8:51 AM
Traffic officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of last night's traffic crash that killed two people.

Investigators have learned that a 29-year-old female was driving a silver 2001 Mercedes 500 westbound on Columbia Boulevard and initiated a left turn across the eastbound lanes of traffic.

A 29-year-old female was driving a gray 2001 BMW 330 eastbound on Columbia Boulevard at the time the driver of the Mercedes turned across the lanes of traffic. The driver of the BMW collided with the passenger side of the Mercedes. In the Mercedes were two passengers, a 22-year-old male and a 23-year-old male, both of whom were killed in the crash.

The driver of the Mercedes was transported to a Portland hospital where she remains being treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries. The driver of the BMW was transported to a Portland hospital as a precaution.

Preliminary indications are that the driver of the Mercedes was impaired by alcohol while the driver of the BMW was driving with a suspended license.

Both vehicles were towed as evidence.

There have been no arrests or citations at this time as the investigation is continuing. Names of all parties will be released at a later time.

Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs injure and kill thousands of people every year. People consuming alcohol or drugs are urged not to get behind the wheel and should have a sober driver or utilize taxis, rideshare companies or transit so everyone is safe on our streets.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards 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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On Wednesday June 28, 2017, at 10:47 p.m., a North Precinct officer on patrol came upon a traffic crash involving two drivers and vehicles on North Columbia Boulevard near North Swift Court.

Due to the severity of the crash, additional officers and medical personnel responded to the scene. At this point, there are two confirmed fatalities and two other people suffering traumatic injuries. The two surviving vehicle occupants have been transported by ambulance to Portland hospitals.

All traffic will be closed on North Columbia Boulevard near Swift Court for several hours as the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responds to the scene and conducts an investigation into the crash.

No further updates are expected until late-Thursday morning.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards 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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