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Barbur reopened after fatal crash

A fatal single car crash closed Southwest Barbur Boulevard overnight. The busy main road was reopened at about 6 a.m.

The name of the victim was not immediately released.

Investigators have determined that a 2012 Toyota Prius, driven by a 27-year-old male, was traveling southbound on Barbur at a very high rate of speed. The Prius struck a raised median and the driver lost control of the vehicle. The Prius veered to the left, crossing both northbound lanes and leaving the roadway.

The Prius then struck and demolished a bus shelter on the South sidewalk, then struck a building, then slid sideways into the rear of a Chevrolet Suburban parked in the lot. The impact caused the Suburban to strike a U-Haul box truck also parked in the lot. The driver was deceased when police and medical personnel arrived.

According to police, at 2:42 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a single vehicle crash at Southwest Barbur Boulevard and 30th Avenue. Officers and medical personnel found a driver deceased in the small silver sedan. The sedan hit a utility pole and a parked vehicle.

The intersection of Barbur and 30th was closed in all directions and for several hours as the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team investigated the accident.

It is unknown if the driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol. The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office will perform an autopsy and order toxicology tests, which generally take several weeks to complete.

The driver's name will be released after identity is confirmed and family is notified.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Officer Erik Koppang at (503) 823-2216 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .