Semi driver survives 65-foot crash off I-84 off ramp

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 10:26 AM

PORTLAND -- A semi crashed on the inbound Interstate 84 ramp to northbound Interstate 5, dropping 65 feet to the ground Monday morning.

The driver was in critical condition and the crash closed the ramp from 3:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Police said the driver collided with another vehicle before the semi went off the ramp. A guardrail was destroyed. The other driver remained at the scene and was not hurt.

The semi driver was taken to the hospital after Portland Fire Bureau crews dissected the cab and freed his trapped legs. The procedure to remove him took 30 minutes and he was taken to Legacy Emanuel.

Arriving fire crews had to make certain the diesel that had spilled would not ignite as they entered the cab to begin treating the driver.

They also had to check the integrity of the Union Pacific regional headquarters building struck by semi as it plunged. Damage to the building was minimal.

The semi truck belongs to Walsh Trucking Company of Troutdale.

The ramp will be closed for a time overnight Wednesday to replace guardrails and repair concrete, according to an Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman.

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