Alcohol a factor in SW Barbur crash that killed passenger, injured driver

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by Michael Rollins & KGW.com Staff

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Posted on December 27, 2013 at 12:10 PM

PORTLAND -- A passenger was killed and a driver had to be cut out after a vehicle hit a tree early Friday morning on Southwest Barbur Boulevard.

Rescue crews were dispatched about 3 a.m. to Barbur and Miles Street after reports of a crash. They found the passenger dead in the car and the driver trapped inside.

Portland Fire & Rescue crews were able to remove the driver, who was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators believe the vehicle was heading south on Southwest Barbur Boulevard when the driver lost control, crossed the median into northbound lanes and smashed into the tree, said Sgt. Pete Simpson with Portland police.

Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Barbur Boulevard was temporarily shut down between Terwilliger Boulevard and Capitol Highway while the crash was being investigated. Southbound lanes were reopened about 6:45 a.m. and northbound lanes were reopened about 8:30 a.m.

Friday's crash marks the 35th traffic-related death this year, Simpson said.

A crash at the same intersection last month killed 55-year-old Debra Maymi. There were 129 crashes reported along the same two-mile stretch of Barbur Boulevard between 2008 and 2012.

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An earlier version of this story said the passenger was ejected from the vehicle. The Portland Police Bureau corrected its information to say the passenger was not ejected. This story has been updated to reflect the change.

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