Crashes continue on Hwy 217 ramp

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Another crash happened late Thursday morning on the ramp from I-5 to Highway 217.

No one was hurt in the rollover. A fire truck happened to be in the area and helped the man out of the car.

It was the second incident of the day at that spot, and adds to the number of accidents on the ramp in recent days.

Monday morning, a driver slammed into the corner wall after taking the ramp too fast.

Don Hamilton with the Oregon Department of Transportation said they noticed the problem.

“At 35 miles an hour, anybody driving along there should not have a problem along in there,” he said. “”If motorists followed the advisory speed in that area there would be a lot fewer problems in there.”

The driver in the Thursday incident told KOIN 6 News he was likely going faster than the 35 mph advisory, but said he lost control when he hit the bridge joint metal connector between the concrete slabs.

Tigard police issued him a speeding ticket. He said the officer told him if he was driving the advised speed his accident would not have happened.

Whether this driver was speeding, ODOT is now taking a closer look at the problem.

“Certainly we want to find out all the elements of the bridge to make sure that all the parts are in proper condition,” Hamilton told KOIN 6 News Thursday.

The shoulder along the ramp is littered with debris, including broken tail lights and other car parts. The fencing is bowed and warped from past crashes. The barrier is scuffed and scraped.

When asked if they might do more than make a speed advisory on the ramp, Hamilton said, “We’re going to be looking at a little bit of everything in there to see what kind of tools are at our disposal.”

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