PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two drivers are dead following a fiery crash on the Glenn L. Jackson Bridge in Portland overnight.
A crash involving two vehicles on northbound Interstate 205 on the Glenn L. Jackson Bridge was reported around 1 a.m. on Monday. The Oregon Department of Transportation said one of the vehicles was heading in the wrong direction.
Officers arrived to find one car “fully engulfed by flames,” according to the Portland Police Bureau. Both drivers died at the scene.
NB I-205 was closed from NE Airport Way over the Glenn L. Jackson Bridge for several hours but has since reopened.
Cody Vetor told KOIN 6 News he got off of work at 1 a.m. in Northeast Portland, and was heading home to Vancouver on 205 when as he was driving across the Glenn Jackson Bridge, he saw headlights heading directly at him.
“I noticed that the car was not moving, the car was playing chicken or whatever, so I got over into the right lane,” he said.
Vetor said he was able to narrowly avoid hitting the wrong-way driver and was luckily able to steer clear of a car beside him. When he looked in his rearview mirror, he said the wrong-way driver continued speeding.
Ten minutes later, he said he found out the wrong-way driver had crashed into someone heading northbound on the bridge, killing both drivers at the scene.
Vetor said he feels for the family who lost a loved one, as he’s still baffled at how and why this crash even happened.
“I’ve got two kids, that could have been me,” he said. “That’s nerve-wracking to even think about.”
An investigation is being conducted by the Portland Police Major Crash Team. Anyone with information about the crash is urged to call the police non-emergency line at 503.823.3333 and reference incident number 21-62137.