WILSONVILLE, Ore. One person died in a burning car after a traffic crash on Interstate 5 near Wilsonville Friday.
On Saturday, Oregon State Police identified the victim as a 48-year-old man from Dallas, Ore.
Emuel Smothers was driving the car north on I-5 around noon when the car went off the right shoulder, 200 feet through grass and hit a tree head-on, according to Lt. Gregg Hastings of Oregon State Police.
The interior of the car caught fire and was extinguished by Aurora firefighters, Hastings said. Smothers was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investogators believe Smothers was wearing a seat belt, Hastings said.
OSP and reconstructionists from the Portland Area Command office were investigating the crash.Witnesses were asked to call 1-800-452-7888.