PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – One of three vehicles involved in an early Thursday morning crash caught fire in Southeast Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood Thursday morning.
The collision occurred at about 5:15 a.m. on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard/Highway 99E, just north of the Tacoma Street Bridge. Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) crews arrived on scene and extinguished the car fire. Officials on scene said it was contained to the engine block of the vehicle.
The driver of the burning car was taken to an area hospital with burn injuries. Portland police said the victim's injuries were life-threatening. The details of the crash were not confirmed. Forensics officers was called to the scene to collect evidence.
All northbound lanes of McLoughlin Boulevard were closed, along with two southbound lanes. Morning commuters were advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes, such as 17th or Milwaukie avenues. The road was not fully reopened until just before 10 a.m.
TriMet reported that bus lines 31, 32, 33 and 99 experienced delays as buses were using detours. Buses were not serving stops between Ochoco Street to 17th Avenue and McLoughlin.
-- Brent Weisberg contributed to this report.
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