Deadly I-5 N crash due to four-inch deep puddle, police say


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man was killed in a crash with a semi-truck after his car hit a four-inch deep pool of water Thursday night on I-5 N near the Fremont Bridge, officials said.

According to the Portland Police Bureau, the man — later identified as  Keith O. Poppert of Vancouver — was driving a Ford F-150 when he hit a large puddle while merging onto the highway from I-405 N. His truck swerved right, hitting the outside concrete barrier, and then slid back toward the middle of the highway, police said.

A semi-truck driver couldn’t stop in time and hit the Ford on its broadside, killing the man on impact, PPB said.

Police said Poppert was dead by the time they arrived. He was 61.

The driver of the semi — who, police said, did not appear to be impaired — remained at the scene to cooperate with their investigation.

Police said they made no arrests or citations.

I-5 N was shut down because of the crash but has since reopened. The investigation is still ongoing.

KOIN 6 News will continue updating this developing story as more information is released.

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