Wrong-way driver leads to multi-vehicle I-5 crash
A Cornelius woman is in critical condition after an early-morning crash in Lake Oswego on Friday, March 30, according to the Oregon State Police.
Police said Sydney Lopez Martinez, 25, was driving a Mazda M6 southbound on Interstate 5 in the northbound lanes near the Carman Drive exit just before 2 a.m. A Volvo semi-truck and trailer swerved to the right to avoid a collision after driver James Cropper, a 66-year-old Gervais man, saw the Mazda's headlights coming directly at his truck, said police.
The Volvo then reportedly sideswiped a red Freightliner semi-truck and trailer in the right lane of travel in Cropper's attempt to avoid a collision. The Oregon State Police said the Mazda then struck the Volvo's trailer and then impacted a third semi-truck and trailer, a white Freightliner, head-on, before both vehicles came to rest on the grassy shoulder.
A LifeFlight air ambulance transported Martinez, the Mazda's driver, to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland with what Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue described as "traumatic injuries."
Lt. Mark Duncan with the Oregon State Police said investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.
As of 11 a.m., OHSU still described Martinez as being in critical condition.
The drivers of all three semi-trucks in the crash were uninjured, according to police.
KOIN 6 News, Pamplin Media Group's news partner, reported that I-5 northbound was closed at the scene until about 5 a.m. following the 1:58 a.m. crash.
Several agencies assisted the Oregon State Police at the scene, including Lake Oswego Fire & Rescue, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Portland Police Bureau, the Tigard Police Department, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, and the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Editor's note: This story has been updated as of 11:05 a.m. with more information on the crash and injured driver. Jim Redden and KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.
By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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