One dead, 2 injured in crash near St. Johns Bridge

It's the 41st fatal crash investigated by Portland Police Bureau in 2017

A Portland police vehicle in downtown Portland. (KOIN)
A Portland police vehicle in downtown Portland. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 2-car crash near the St. Johns Bridge on Saturday night left 2 people with serious injuries and one person dead, according to Portland police.

Police said the 2 people injured, who were both in a Ford F-150, were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the other car — a Kia Optima — was pronounced dead at the scene. He has been identified as 71-year-old John Crook of Keizer.

After a preliminary investigation, police said the driver of the Kia failed to stop at a red light and crashed into the Ford truck, which was turning during a green light on Northwest St. Johns Bridge and Northwest Bridge Avenue. Speed is believed to be a factor, according to police.

Portland Police said this is the 41st fatal traffic crash investigated by the bureau’s major crash team this year.

The identity of the dead driver will not be released until family is alerted.