PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — One driver was killed and several other people were injured in a three-car collision in Northwest Portland’s Pearl District early Saturday, according to the Portland Police Bureau.
Officers were dispatched to the intersection of NW Glisan Street and NW 14th Avenue just before 3 a.m. on reports of a crash. Investigators said a car heading west on NW Glisan smashed into another car traveling north on NW 14th — those two then slid into another car. All three vehicles wound up crunched against the sidewalk and a tree.
PPB said the driver in the vehicle traveling west on Glisan was killed in the crash. The other two drivers had minor injuries and were treated at the scene, police said. Three passengers from three different vehicles were taken to the hospital, one of whom had serious injuries.
PPB’s Major Crash Team took over the investigation.
The crash happened in front of the Elisabeth Jones Art Center. Employees later found security cameras had captured the moments immediately following the crash.
“I came to work at 11:30 and there were all these car parts everywhere,” said John Teply. “There was a rearview mirror, hubcaps and the whole place was just littered with debris from the crash.”
Teply said the security footage suggested a taxi cab was involved in the crash. He expressed sympathy for those involved.
“I was very glad that we didn’t have property damage — of course the wreck itself, there were some very bad injuries,” Teply said.
Saturday’s crash marked the 34th traffic fatality in Portland in 2021.