PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — After an initial report of a fatal crash in Southeast Portland Friday night, Portland police clarified Saturday night that no one died when an SUV and a Subaru Legacy wagon crashed head-on.
Three people were seriously injured in the crash and sent to the hospital—one person had life-threatening injuries.
Just before the crash, Portland police said officers witnessed the driver of a Chrysler SUV speeding down SE Powell Blvd near 136th Ave and run a red light. Police said officers attempted to catch up to the car to pull it over, however “they had not activated their police lights to initiate a stop yet when they came across the crash at Southeast 145th Avenue.”
The SUV struck a Subaru wagon with two people inside head-on. Police also said the driver of the SUV allegedly struck four other cars in the moments leading up to the crash. There were no injuries reported in relation to those other cars.
The driver of the SUV had a blood alcohol content of 0.296%, “which is well over 3 times the legal limit to drive in Oregon,” said police. The driver was not arrested or cited, and therefore police said they would not release that person’s name.
Portland authorities closed five blocks of SE Powell Boulevard while an investigation was conducted.
The crash investigation is ongoing, according to authorities.