A truck driver died Monday afternoon when the commercial truck he was driving rolled down an embankment near Southeast 112th Avenue at Foster Road and landed almost in Johnson Creek.
The victims name was not released.
Portland police said the accident happened at about 4 p.m. Monday, July 8. An investigation into the accident forced the closure of Southeast 110th Avenue just south of Foster Road for several hours.
What we know so far is a commercial truck . . . like a vacuum truck, a large tank on the back of an axle, came down the hill on 112th, went off the roadway just past Johnson Creek, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, Portland Police Bureau spokesman.
Police said the truck went off 112th Avenue near Foster Road at the Johnson Creek footbridge and landed on the creek bank. Cranes were brought in to lift the truck during the night.
Witness Nadia Mulyar told KOIN 6 News she heard a horrible boom around 4 p.m. and called 9-1-1 to report the crash.
All the cars started stopping and people got out to see what happened, she shared with KOIN 6 News via Facebook. Gas was dripping everywhere; they were scared the vehicle was going to explode.
Mulyar said the vehicle is half in the mud, with people trying to help the man who died. However, she said, mud kept getting in the way.
My heart is broken, Mulyar said. This is so horrible.
The Multnomah County Dive Team responded to Johnson Creek at about 6 p.m. Monday, on reports that another person may have been injured in the crash. However, the sighting was likely debris and not a body.