Speeding driver slams into semi, dies on Swan Island

North Basin Avenue, North of Emerson Street, will be closed for several hours

A driver died after slamming into a semi-truck on Swan Island, November 30, 2016 (KOIN)
A driver died after slamming into a semi-truck on Swan Island, November 30, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A driver died on Swan Island after crashing with a semi-truck early Wednesday morning, backing up traffic for miles.

The crash happened near North Basin Avenue north of Emerson Street, police said, 2 cars were speeding southbound. One of the cars veered to avoid hitting the truck, but the other car slammed into the semi-truck. The first car left the scene, authorities said. But that driver was later found and interviewed by police, who said this driver was not involved in the crash.

A driver died after slamming into a semi-truck on Swan Island, November 30, 2016 (KOIN)
A driver died after slamming into a semi-truck on Swan Island, November 30, 2016 (KOIN)

 

Kyle Andrew Cline, 47, of Northeast Portland, died at the scene. The semi-truck driver, 49, was not injured, was cooperative and showed no signs of impairment.

Speed and wet roads are possible reason for the crash, and the investigation is ongoing.