PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — One man was killed when his truck lost control, rolled over and ended up partially submerged in Johnson Creek in southeast Portland.
The truck is still in the creek Monday night, and it will take heavy machinery to bring it up. The semi-truck was pretty smashed up, and for hours it still had the body inside.
That body was brought out shortly before 11 p.m. Monday.
Around 4 p.m. Monday the commercial vacuum truck lost control on SE 110th just south of Foster Road. It smashed through a guard rail, over a bridge and into Johnson Creek.
“The truck is quite a ways down the embankment, and into the brush in a backwoods area,” Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson said.
Portland Police Bureau’s major crash team and Portland Fire & Rescue responded, but could not immediately extricate the victim. They said the truck is too large, and too damaged.
Investigators are still trying to piece together what happened, but neighbors told KOIN 6 News the accident happened at the bottom of a steep hill that’s dangerous even in the best conditions.
“You’re forced to go pretty fast, even though you’re braking,” said neighbor Mary Miller. “So you have no choice but to continue speeding unless you’re grinding on your brakes.”
Witness Nadia Mulyar told KOIN 6 News she heard “a horrible boom” around 4 p.m. She said she called 911 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.”
She said the vehicle is half in the mud, with people there 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 as of 6 p.m. Monday. There were responding to information that another person could be involved in this crash. However, those at the scene said they thought the sighting was likely debris and not a body.
The area of SE 110th just south of Foster Road shutdown Monday for the investigation into this fatal semi-truck rollover crash. The crash shut down SE 110th to the north and SE 112th Avenue to the south, between Foster Road and Brookside. The area was still closed off as of 11 p.m. Monday.