Motorcycle rider dies after crash on Interstate-5


A Portland Police Bureau vehicle. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A motorcycle rider died in the hospital Friday night after a crash on Interstate-5 in North Portland earlier in the evening, said police.

The crash happened on the northbound lanes of the highway near North Columbia Boulevard. Officers said medics worked to take “life-saving measures” as they transported the motorcycle rider to the hospital. Unfortunately, that person was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.

In a Sunday evening update, police identified the rider as 24-year-old Brian Stafford.

Police said the other car involved in the crash stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. Investigators found that when traffic stopped on the highway, Stafford was unable to slow down in time. He fell off his motorcycle and hit the car in front of him.

No arrests were made in connection to the crash.

The left lane of northbound I-5 was temporarily closed while the Major Crash Team investigated Friday evening. Police have asked for any witnesses to the crash who have not already been contacted to get in touch with police’s Portland Police Traffic Division: 503-823-2208.

Police said this was the 40th traffic-related fatality in the city this year.

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