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Traffic Fatality Investigation Underway in Downtown Portland - 04/10/19

On Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 3:17 P.M., Central Precinct officers responded to a report of a vehicle crashed into a pole and the driver was unconscious. Responding medical units arrived and performed emergency medical care, then transported the driver to an area hospital. The driver, an adult male, was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Officers responded to the scene and located a silver pick-up truck crashed into a sign pole. Officers checked for witnesses to determine what happened. The road was closed in order for the first responders to conduct the investigation safely. The on-ramps for I-84 Eastbound and I-5 Northbound from Southwest Macadam Boulevard were closed and are expected to remain so for an estimated four to six hours. The Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to conduct the investigation.

Traffic investigators and the Multnomah County Medical Examiner are working to identify the involved driver and notify next of kin.

If anyone has information about this incident, they are encouraged to call the police non-emergency dispatch at (503) 823-3333.

This is the fourth traffic related fatality the Major Crash Team has investigated in four days. 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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