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News Release
Traffic #ALERT UPDATE: SB I-205 Reopening at Airport Way after Fatal Crash Investigation - 11/20/23

Traffic crash investigators have wrapped up their initial on-scene investigation. I-205 is reopening to traffic now.. The crash remains under investigation.


***Original Message Below***

*** On scene supervisors have updated the closure of southbound I-205. All southbound I-205 traffic is diverted to Northeast Airport Way. The ramp onto I-205 from Northeast Killingsworth is also closed. ***

A crash involving a single vehicle has closed southbound Interstate-205 at Killingsworth, and is likely to significantly affect the morning commute hours.

On Monday, November 20, 2023 at 2:06a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a crash on southbound I-205 at Northeast Killingsworth Street. When officers arrived, they found a vehicle crashed into the jersey barrier on the left side of the southbound lanes of travel. The driver was deceased at the scene.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team is responding to the scene to investigate this incident. During the investigation, southbound I-205 is closed to all traffic at Northeast Killingsworth Street. The Oregon Department of Transportation is assisting with traffic control and detours.

If anyone has information about this crash, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 23-301400.

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

This is the 63rd fatal traffic-related crash in Portland this year. 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.


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