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Police looking for driver involved in Interstate 5 crash that closed freeway

Officers learned the man provided a false name. He was transported to a hospital but left before police arrived
Credit: Portland Police

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Police is looking to identify a man who provided a false name after a crash that closed I-5 for hours.

On October 31, 2019 at 5:14p.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a crash on southbound Interstate 5 at North Skidmore Street.

When officers arrived, they found a Freightliner dump truck was leaking diesel fuel onto the road. Oregon Department of Transportation and police had to close the freeway to clean the spill.

The driver of the Freightliner was transported to the hospital by ambulance. However, before officers could meet him there, he took off. Officers learned he had provided a false name.

The driver of the semi tractor, which was hauling an empty propane tank trailer, remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.

If you know the identity of the suspect, contact Officer Jordan Winkel at 503-823-5700.

Credit: ODOT
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