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Black Friday crash closes Cornelius Pass

Stretch of road shut down for 8 hours


The section of Northwest Cornelius Pass Road from Highway 30 to Northwest Skyline Boulevard was shut down for most of the day Friday, Nov. 29, after a truck overturned on a curved section of the road.

The semi-truck tipped over near Northwest Eighth Avenue at 8:50 a.m., according to police. By 9:15 a.m., emergency responders were on the scene to shut down the road. No injuries were reported, but the truck’s load of corn silage was dumped into the road when it overturned.

Lt. Steve Alexander, spokesman for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, said it was unclear why the truck overturned.

“There were no citations issued,” Alexander said, speaking Wednesday about the crash. “It was an accident.”

It took responders hours to clean up the spill and right the vehicle. The road remained closed as darkness fell on the short winter day, finally reopening to through traffic at about 5 p.m., Alexander said.

Cornelius Pass Road is a major commuter route linking south Columbia County and far northwest Multnomah County with the Washington County suburbs of Aloha, Beaverton and Hillsboro.

The road also provides a link between those rural and industrial areas and the shopping centers at Tanasbourne. The closure was ill-timed for residents north of Cornelius Pass who intended to shop in Washington County on “Black Friday,” one of the largest shopping days of the year.