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I-5 wreck leaves driver with serious injuries

Portland Fire and Rescue crews spend 90 minutes working to get the man free from his wrecked pickup truck


by: PORTLAND FIRE AND RESCUE - Portland Fire and Rescue crews work to extricate a man from his pickup, which crashed into a signpost on Interstate 5.Shortly after 9 p.m., Monday evening, Portland Fire and Rescue crews were sent to the scene of an accident where a pickup was "embedded" in a sign post.

The person who called in the accident reported that there was a pickup truck "embedded" in a light pole on I-5 near the Taylor's Ferry exit.

When rescue crews arrived, they found a full-size pickup had hit a freeway sign, resulting in significant damage to the vehicle and leaving the driver trapped inside.

Crews were forced to use cutting equipment and hydraulic spreading tools in order to remove the driver, a process that took an hour and a half. Once freed, the adult male, in his 50s, was transported to Oregon Health Science University with serious injuries. He was conscious at the time.

Portland police are continuing to investigate the accident.