PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A collision involving two cars and a motorcycle resulted in the death of one person, police say.
The crash occurred on eastbound Interstate 84 near Northeast 33rd Avenue around 5:20 a.m. on Thursday. When officers arrived, they found the motorcyclist down in the roadway.
Despite officers’ attempts at life-saving measures, the motorcyclist died at the scene.
According to the Portland Police Bureau, the initial investigation suggests a wheel came flying off a pickup truck that was heading west on I-84. The wheel bounced over the median and struck the eastbound motorcycle — which then crashed and collided with another car.
PPB says all the drivers involved remained at the scene and are cooperating. The motorcyclist was later identified as 44-year-old Charles D. Engblom of Portland.
Eastbound I-84 was closed at Interstate 5 near NE 33rd Avenue for several hours.
This marks the 39th traffic death of 2021 in Portland. Authorities said there had been 27 traffic deaths at this time last year.