Head-on crash involves 3 vehicles; one dead in NE Portland


One other person injured

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A head-on crash that involved 3 vehicles after a road rage incident left one person dead in Northeast Portland late Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The crash at NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Columbia happened around 5:15 p.m. Responding officers found 3 vehicles, including the head-on crash between two of them. One person was rushed by ambulance to an area hospital but later died, officials said.

That person was later publicly identified as Delbert E. Downing, 51 of Longview.

Another driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and the third driver was not hurt, authorities said.

Investigators on Thursday said the road rage involved people who knew each other. All have been contacted by police as the investigation continues.

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