I-5 northbound reopens after wrong-way crash
The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 at the Highway 99W exit have been reopened after an early morning crash on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
All three lanes were closed into the morning rush hour for the investigation. Drivers needed to exit the freeway and rejoin it at Terwilliger Boulevard.
According to Portland police, the crash was caused by a wrong-way driver. The driver was reported around 3:45 a.m. and, as police were responding, there was a report of a crash just north of Highway 99W, officials said. First responders found three vehicles involved.
One of the drivers died at the scene. Another driver was taken to a hospital for treatment and is expected to live. The third driver wasn't hurt.
The driver who died has been identified as 45 year-old Damian Asher Alexander of Vancouver. The initial investigation shows that he was the wrong-way driver.
This is the 33rd Major Crash Team activation and the 36th fatality investigated by the Traffic Division this year.
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