PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two people died in a crash between a small SUV and a pickup in Northeast Portland around 6 p.m. Saturday, police told KOIN 6 News.
Two adults in the SUV, the driver and the passenger, died at the scene near NE 33rd and Lombard. The driver of the pickup was arrested as police launched a criminal investigation.
The name of those involved have not yet been released.
“We are continually to see a tragic trend of speeding and impairment leading to fatalities and serious injuries,” said Hannah Schafer, spokesperson for the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
The investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact the PPB Traffic Investigations Unit by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The case number is 23-282412.
PPB says these are the 55th and 56th traffic-related fatalities this year in Portland. There have now been seven traffic deaths in the last two weeks.
PBOT says it’s putting up 40 more speed cameras in the coming year to try and prevent crashes like these, but it’s up to drivers to save lives.
“We really need all Portlanders to step in and do what they can. That means slowing down, driving the speed limit and being cautious and watching for others around you on the roadway,” Schafer said.