PORTLAND -- A speeding driver passing on the right contributed to the crash that closed McLoughlin Boulevard (Highway 99E) northbound for five hours Friday morning, police said.
The driver of a Toyota pickup, 39-year-old Malcolm Cushing, merged left from a right-turn only lane in front of a Chevrolet pickup driven by 39-year-old David McGrew, according to Officer Erik Koppang of the Portland Police Bureau.
McGrew then attempted to pass Cushing on the right just as the lane was ending, Koppang said. When he cut back in front of Cushing the pickup trucks collided
The collision caused the Chevy to veer left into the Jersey barrier, then right off the roadway, shearing a light pole, crashing into a tree and then catching fire, Koppang said.
McGrew was taken to a Portland hospital with traumatic injuries. He was listed in critical condition Friday morning.
Cushing's pickup then crashed into a semi-truck and both vehicles stopped on the roadway, Koppang said. Neither driver was injured.
None of the three drivers was impaired, Koppang added. Investigators said the speed of the pickups, combined with the risky passing maneuvers, led to the crash.
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