Officer, driver hurt by truck in freeway crash
A Portland police officer and the driver of a Honda were both injured when their vehicles were hit by a tractor trailer on I-5 on Saturday night.
Officer Tyrone Willard and the driver of the Honda were both transported to Portland hospitals for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries. Their conditions were not immediately released, and neither was the name of the Honda driver.
Willard is a seven-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, assigned to the Traffic Division.
The truck driver, 33-year-old Richard Collins of Eugene, was given citations for Careless Driving (with a crash) and Failure to Maintain a Safe Distance from an Emergency Vehicle.
According to police, at 11:44 p.m. on March 28, Willard observed a vehicle traveling 71 miles per hour on northbound I-5 at Corbett Street. Willard attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver didn't pull over to the right shoulder until she was on the approach to the Marquam Bridge.
Willard was seated in his patrol car, about to exit to contact the driver, when a tractor trailer, loaded with wood chips, side-swiped the patrol car then swerved into the left lane, striking a Honda Civic that was also traveling northbound.
Willard and the driver of the Honda were both transported to Portland hospitals for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries. The speeding vehicle that Willard stopped did not sustain any damage.
The police car, a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria, sustained serious damage to the rear and left side of the vehicle. The Honda Civic was heavily damaged by the crash.
The driver originally stopped for speeding was issued a citation.
The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind drivers to slow down and move over when they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road.
The Portland Police Bureau released this video in 2012 discussing the state law requirng drivers to maintain a safe distance from an emergency vehicle: http://youtu.be/eRx8K6q0Lj0