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UPDATE #2: Deceased Identified - 10/09/19

Traffic investigators have identified the deceased individual as 41-year-old Eric M. Tomlinson of Wisconsin.

No citations were issued to the driver of the vehicle involved.

Traffic Investigator Officer Phil Maynard is the primary investigator. If anyone has information about this fatal crash, please contact him at (503) 823-2216 or at phillip.maynard@portlandoregon.gov.

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PPB's Major Crash Team continues to investigate the fatal traffic crash on Southbound I-5 at the Fremont Bridge that occurred on Thursday, October 3.

Preliminary information suggests the pedestrian, an adult male wearing all dark clothing, was attempting to cross the Interstate when the involved semi-truck struck him in a lane of travel. The operator of the semi continued to cooperate with investigators after the collision.

The identity of the involved pedestrian will be released after the identity has been verified and next of kin notified.

Traffic Investigator Officer Phil Maynard is the primary investigator. If anyone has information about this fatal crash, please contact him at (503) 823-2216 or at phillip.maynard@portlandoregon.gov

This is the 52nd call out for 2019 for the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team and the 44th fatality.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###
On Thursday, October 3, 2019, at 6:48 p.m., North Precinct Officers responded to a crash involving a pedestrian and a semi-truck on Southbound I-5 at the Fremont Bridge. The pedestrian was determined to be deceased at the scene.

The involved driver of the semi remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.

All lanes of Southbound I-5 are closed at the Fremont Bridge and traffic is being diverted. The closure is expected to remain in effect for several hours while investigators gather evidence.

The Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to take over the investigation.

If anyone has information about this crash, call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 823-3333.

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