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Ross Island Bridge reopened after serious accident

Update: Police identify victims

Portland police reopened the Ross Island Bridge in time for the evening commute after a accident closed it for hours.

According to police, at approximately 12:30 p.m. Friday, Kurt Maul, 59, was westbound on the bridge he may have suffered a medical issue that caused him to hit the right side of the bridge structure. Maul's car then crossed into oncoming traffic, striking the left side of the bridge before colliding with another vehicle driven by Michael Grossnickle, 54.

Maul and Grossnickle were both transported to area hospitals with serious injuries. Maul later declared dead. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office will determine the cause.

The Portland Police Major Crash Team closed the bridge to all traffic during their investigation. Despite the opening, police predicted delays on all major routes between the east and west side of the city because of the closure.