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Police said there was minimal damage to the vehicle or the building that it hit Wednesday afternoon.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Portland police crime scene tape.Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash that left one person dead with little other damage.

The name of the victim was not immediately released.

According to police, at approximately 4:48 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 20, Central Precinct officers responded to the scene of a crash on Northwest Nicolai Street, between Northwest 25th Place and Northwest 26th Avenue. The collision involved a single vehicle into the side of a building, directly perpendicular to the roadway.

There were no other vehicles, witnesses, or passengers involved in the crash. The sole occupant was pronounced dead at the scene. Because of the fatality, members of Portland Police Bureau's Major Crash Team responded to continue the investigation.

Police said the vehicle was only minimally damaged on the front end, but the airbags were deployed. The building wall was only minimally damaged as well. There were no skid marks or other indicators or direction of travel or speed. It did not appear there was any other cause of death other than the driver's medical history.

The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Officer Bill Balzer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This is the sixth Major Crash Team activation of 2021.


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