Cyclist injured by power lines after Tigard crash identified

Roads clogged after deadly Tigard crash

TIGARD, Ore. -- A bicyclist was injured by falling power lines after a driver crashed into a pole about 2 a.m. Wednesday on Hall Boulevard in Tigard, police said.

The bicyclist was identified Thursday as 34-year-old Jessica Renee Wilson.

The vehicle knocked down the power pole near Burnham Street when Wilson was less than 100 feet away, according to Jim Wolf of Tigard Police. Wilson was hit and badly burned as power lines fell.

"She was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital."It’s a tragic situation there and our hearts go out to the victim, the timing of what happened  is incredible," said Steve Corson on PGE, while crews worked to fix the power lines.  

An officer in the parking lot of the nearby Tigard Police Department saw the crash and rendered aid, Wolf said. 

"When he heard the impact he  ran over,  and then ultimately heard the screams from the woman and  that’s when  he came over, rendered aid and removed her and took her away from  where the downed power lines were covering her," said Wolf.  

The driver of the vehicle, 50-year-old Mark Wayne Hunter, was not injured. He faces charges of DUII, reckless driving, assault and criminal mischief.

The Tigard-Tualatin School District was delayed two hours Wednesday morning because the crash happened right at the entrance of the school bus barn, officials said. WES commuter rail service was also delayed.

Hall Boulevard was closed between Burnham and O'Mara streets and power was out in the area.  City hall remained without power past noon. 

KGW


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