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UPDATE: Police now say no one died in the crash that closed five blocks of Southeast Powell Boulevard for hours

PMG FILE PHOTO - Police crime scene tape.Police now say that the Friday night crash in the Centennial Neighborhood involved serious injuries, including one patient whose injuries are life threatening, but not a fatality as first reported. The initial investigation suggest that it was a head-on crash involving at Chrysler SUV and a Subaru Legacy wagon.

According to police, at 9:19 p.m. on Oct. 30, East Precinct officers responded to the crash at Southeast 145th Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard. When they arrived, the officers located the two damaged vehicles. Firefighters and paramedics from Portland Fire & Rescue and AMR also responded, provided on-scene medical care, and transported three patients to the hospital by ambulance.

The adult male driver and only occupant of the Chrysler had severe, life threatening injuries. The adult female driver and adult female passenger of the Subaru were seriously hurt. The Subaru driver is listed in critical condition and the passenger is in serious condition.

Shortly before the crash, police officers observed the Chrysler SUV traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Powell near Southeast 136th Avenue. The officers also saw the vehicle run a red light. Due to the dangerous driving, the officers were attempting to catch up to the vehicle to conduct a traffic stop. They had not activated their police lights to initiate a stop yet when they came across the crash at Southeast 145th Avenue, however

The driver of the Chrysler also allegedly struck four other vehicles shortly before the crash, three in a parking lot and one on Southeast Powell Boulevard. No injuries were reported in those crashes.

The preliminary investigation suggests that the driver of the Chrysler crossed the center line and struck the westbound Subaru head-on.

Impairment, speed, and aggressive driving are significant factors in the crash. The Chrysler driver was determined to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.296%, which is well over 3 times the legal limit to drive in Oregon.

The investigation is continuing and no one has yet been arrested or cited. If anyone has information about this crash, please contact primary investigator Officer Garrett Dow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-823-5070. The case number is 20-327471.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. Their story can be found here.


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