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Five hospitalized after high-speed crash in Northeast

Police say a driver sped off after a traffic stop, hitting a truck head-on

A driver's high-speed escape attempt through the streets of Northeast Portland Sunday morning resulted in a head-on crash that sent five people to the hospital, one with possible life-threatening injuries.

At 1:03 a.m. Sunday, Portland police stopped a Chrysler Sebring on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Northeast Shaver Street for what they said was a minor traffic violation. But as an officer approached the car, the driver sped north on Martin Luther King toward Northeast Lombard Street. Police Police Bureau officers gave chase but stopped when they saw the car barreling though red lights, the bureau said.

At Lombard, the car continued through a red light and struck a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck head-on. Everyone involved in the collision - two people in the Sebring and three in the Tacoma - was hospitalized at Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center. The Sebring's passenger sustained life-threatening injuries, police said.

Investigators with the bureau's traffic division have said that alcohol may have been a factor in the incident. The investigation was ongoing Sunday afternoon.