Driver careens off Ross Island Bridge ramp, flips

One person was seriously injured

Lisa Balick and KOIN 6 News Staff - PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A driver is lucky to be alive after careening off the eastbound side of the Ross Island Bridge ramp and landing upside down on the ramp from Naito Parkway below.

The Friday afternoon crash brought traffic to a screeching halt on the ramp, and somehow drivers were all able to stop before hitting the vehicle that fell.

The driver of the Ford F-350 was headed west when his truck suddenly crashed through a guardrail on the overpass above the onramp and hurtled down onto the roadway below, flipping onto its roof as it slammed into the pavement.

Several drivers on the ramp raced over to help, including Gabe Labovitz, who said he couldn't open the car door.

"I ran to the car, got a first aid kit and knife, another man grabbed a jack from his car and jacked him up a few inches," Labovitz told KOIN 6 News. "I crawled in and cut his seat belt, then we were able to get him free through a window."

Labovitz, a certified nursing assistant, said his training just kicked in. He said he was amazed the man was alert, talking and seemed relatively alright, despite the crash.

Police said the driver is in serious condition. His name has not been released.

 

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