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Accident blocks I-84 exit in Portland

Police warn motorists that Wednesday morning traffic will be snarled by a serious freeway accident. Traffic at I-84 and I-5 was disrupted, and the accident was not expected to be cleared for hours.

Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a roll-over traffic crash on I-84 Westbound at the I-5 Northbound interchange at 3:28 a.m.

Officers arrived and learned that a tractor-trailer collided with a vehicle on the I-5 northbound onramp from I-84 and the tractor-trailer rolled off of the ramp onto a parking lot below the freeway. Officers at the scene estimate the distance to be at least 60' down from the freeway to the parking lot.

Portland Fire & Rescue personnel extracted the truck driver who was pinned inside the cab of the truck. He was transported to an area hospital with critical injuries. The driver of the other vehicle remained at the scene and did not receive any injuries.

The northbound I-5 ramp from westbound I-84 will remain closed as Traffic officers conduct a crash investigation. There is no time estimate on when the ramp will reopen.

I-84 westbound traffic experienced significant delays immediately because of the crash. Drivers were encouraged to use alternate routes.

Train traffic is unaffected by the crash.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation and no further information was available at this time.