One dead, two injured in N. Portland crash
One person died and two others were injured in a two-vehicle crash near the St. Johns Bridge on Satuday evening.
Police said 71-year-old John B. Crook of Keizer was killed in the crash. The two survivors are hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
According to police, at 9:04 p.m. on Nov. 4, North Precinct, Central Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the report of a traffic crash involving two vehicles in the St. Johns area of North Portland.
When officers and medical personnel arrived, located two vehicles that were involved in the crash. Two of those involved in the crash were transported to an area hospital by ambulance. Emergency medical personnel determined a third person located in one of the vehicles was deceased.
The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to investigate this crash. The St. Johns Bridge and Southwest Bridge Avenue were closed for several hours.
Based on information learned during the preliminary investigation, officers believe the driver of a white Kia Optima drove west across the St. Johns Bridge at a high rate of speed and failed to stop for a red light at the intersection of Northwest St. Johns Bridge and Northwest Bridge Avenue. At the same time, a Ford F-150 arrived at a green light at the intersection and turned westbound onto the St Johns Bridge from Northwest Bridge Avenue. The Optima collided with the F-150, causing the F-150 to roll off the roadway and come to a stop on the truck's roof.
The two occupants of the F-150 were transported to an area hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. Emergency medical personnel determined the driver of the Optima was deceased at the scene of the crash.
Saturday's death is the 40th traffic fatality of the year in Portland. This story will be updated when more information in released.