Ross Island Bridge crash: DUII suspect’s BAC 4x legal limit


The crash happened on the east side of the bridge

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A driver was hospitalized and later cited for driving while intoxicated after a car crash on SE Powell Boulevard closed the Ross Island Bridge for roughly three hours Saturday night, according to police.

That driver was seriously injured in what police described as an “angular head-on” crash when the driver crossed over the center line on SE Powell Blvd and hit another on the east side of the bridge.

Police said the driver was pinned inside and had to be extricated. That driver, who authorities later identified as 27-year-old Rachell Barnhill, was taken to the hospital.

The other car involved was damaged, but its passengers were unharmed in the crash. Police said a third car was also hit, but the vehicle only sustained minor damage.

In a Saturday night update, police said Barnhill was cited for DUII and Reckless Driving at the hospital. Officers found that her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was more than four times the legal limit. Her injuries were described as “non-life-threatening.”

Traffic lanes were closed for roughly three hours Saturday night. The roadway reopened shortly before 11 p.m.

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