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The number of people killed in Portland traffic crashes is on pace to exceed the 50 in 2019, which was the most since 1996.

PMG GRAPHIC - Police crime scene tape.Despite the decline in driving caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Portland is on track to exceed the number of traffic fatalities in 2019 this year.

The 45th fatality of 2020 was recorded on Thursday when a motorcyclist was killed in a crash on I-5. At this time last year, 44 people had been killed in traffic crashes in Portland. A total of 50 people died in Portland crashes last year, the most since 1996.

The increase is happening despite the Portland City Council approving the Vision Zero Action Plan, intended to eliminate all fatal and serious injury crashes by 2025.

The name of the victim was not immediately released.

According to police, at about 9:24 p.m. on Oct. 22, officers responded to the report of a motorcycle crash on I-5, southbound at the Rosa Parks Boulevard ramp. When the officers arrived, they found that a motorcycle rider crashed into a signpost.

The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division Major Crash Team responded to investigate. The preliminary investigation indicated that the motorcycle was traveling at high speed on the freeway, left the roadway and struck a sign. The motorcycle had one rider, who died at the scene.

The crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information can contact Officer Garrett Dow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-823-5070.

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