Wrong-way driver causes I-84 crash, other driver dies


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 28-year-old driver is facing manslaughter and DUII charges after causing a head-on crash on eastbound Interstate 84 in Northeast Portland early Thursday morning, according to police.

The crash occurred shortly before 4 a.m. on Thursday under the I-205 freeway ramps near the Halsey/Gateway exit. Portland police said the collision involved a driver who was going the wrong way in a curved area of I-84 where it would have been difficult for other drivers going the right way to see.

Brian Paul Gardner is accused of causing a head-on crash while intoxicated, killing a person on I-84 in Portland, Oct. 22, 2020. (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

The wrong-way driver hit another car head-on and first responders tried to save that driver’s life but they died at the scene, police said. The person’s name has not been released.

The wrong-way driver — identified as 28-year-old Brian Paul Gardner — was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. He was then arrested for second-degree manslaughter, reckless driving, DUII and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.

All eastbound lanes were closed for several hours but have since reopened.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact investigator Dow at the Portland Police Traffic Division, 503.823.5070.

This was the 44th traffic-related death of 2020, according to police.

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