2 ejected in head-on ‘assault’ crash in NE Portland

Crashes

Investigators believe a third vehicle caused the crash and left the scene before police were called

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two people were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after a head-on crash potentially caused by a third vehicle that left the scene Wednesday afternoon in Northeast Portland, police said.

The crash happened at about 4:30 p.m. on NE Glisan Street near NE 114th Avenue. Officers found two vehicles were badly damaged; one car’s engine had been sheared away, the Portland Police Bureau said.

An engine that was sheared away from a car during a head-on crash in NE Portland, July 21, 2021. (PPB)

Two men were ejected from one of the cars and were taken to a hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries, police said. The driver of the other car was hospitalized with broken legs.

The PPB Major Crash Team was called to the scene. Investigators believe a third vehicle hit one of the cars and pushed it over the center line where it collided head-on with the car traveling the opposite direction. The suspect vehicle left before police were called. No suspect information has been released but the case is being investigated as an assault.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Calvin Goldring at Calvin.Goldring@portlandoregon.gov or 503.823.0256, or Detective Anthony Zoeller at Anthony.Zoeller@portlandoregon.gov or 503.823.0743.

NE Glisan was closed between NE 112th and NE 114th for the investigation.

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