Landslides swallow car, close major roads
Landslides west of Portland nearly swallowed a car early Wednesday morning, and closed Northwest Cornell, West Burnside, Northwest Thompson and Northwest Springville roads.
City crews were working to clear the landslides. No one was injured in the incidents.
Portland Fire and Rescue said that at about 7:10 a.m. March 15, a landslide plowed onto Burnside Road, briefly trapping three men inside an eastbound car. The men climbed out of their partially buried car through a passenger window. They were not hurt.
Firefighters said a part of the hillside about 75 by 150 feet slid onto the road.
Portland's Bureau of Transportation and Multnomah County officials reported that three landslides closed Northwest Cornell Road between the tunnel and Skyline Boulevard. Northwest Thompson Road near Pinnacle Drive was closed because of debris on the road.
Northwest Springville Road was closed between Skyline Boulevard and 128th Avenue because of a landslide. The road could be reopened by 4 p.m., county officials said.