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Police name victim in early morning crash on Hwy 217/I-5 flyover

TIGARD POLICE - Tigard Police say a Beaverton woman was killed on the Interstate 5 flyover on Monday morning after she crashed into oncoming traffic.A Beaverton woman died early Monday morning after she reportedly drove the wrong way down Interstate 5 and crashed into oncoming traffic.

According to Tigard Police, Magen Marie Basey, 34, was driving her Nissan Versa in the wrong direction along the flyover ramp that connects northbound Interstate 5 traffic with Highway 217 at about 12:25 a.m. Monday morning when she crashed into an oncoming vehicle.

The car smashed into a Toyota Tundra pickup truck carrying two people. The two occupants of the pickup were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Tigard Police spokesman Jim Wolf.

A trooper with the Oregon State Police was driving northbound on the flyover at the time of the crash, according to Tigard Police. The trooper, whose name was not released, stopped to help and was able to alert other drivers of the situation.

The trooper was two cars away from the crash, Wolf said.

“He was right there to render aid and ensure the safety of the scene and make sure any bystanders were safe,” Wolf said. “Right after the crash, traffic still going by, semis and everything. It was quite a busy scene, initially.”

The crash closed the busy I-5-to-Highway 217 interchange for several hours while police investigated.

Wolf said that it’s unclear whether alcohol played a factor in the crash.

“There was no initial indication of that,” Wolf said, "although there will be some lab work that will conclude one way or another. But there was nothing apparent.”

According to police, Basey likely drove down a nearby off-ramp, entering Highway 217 in the wrong direction. Wolf said it’s unclear where Basey entered the highway.

“There are several options of what could have happened,” Wolf said. “To drive all the way to the flyover, she either could have entered the wrong way from 72nd (Avenue) or possibly as far north as 99W. We don’t know.”

Anyone who may have observed a black 2012 Nissan Versa in the area prior to the crash is asked to contact Tigard Police at 503-718-2677.

“Maybe someone saw a car doing a U-turn on the highway,” Wolf said. “Anything is plausible at this point.”

Washington County’s Crash Analysis Response Team is investigating the crash.

This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

By Geoff Pursinger
Assistant Editor
The Times, serving Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood
email: gpursinger@commnewspapers.com
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