I-5 NB Temporarily Closed Following a Wrong-Way Accident
January 18, 2022

Multnomah County, Oregon (Portland, OR) – On Monday, January 17, 2022, all lanes of Interstate 5 were restored following a wrong-way driver colliding with a semi-truck in Terwilliger curves.

According to the officers, they received a call around 3 a.m. about the wrong-way driver in the downtown onramp of South Harbor Drive. Authorities located the car three miles away following the head-on accident with a northbound semi-truck, past the Terwilliger entrance. Officials who were helping with the accident found a Toyota Avalon was the car moving in the wrong direction and inside it were two people pinned. When the two were extracted, they were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The semi-truck operator was unharmed.

The accident temporarily blocked all northbound lanes of the highway. Around 9 a.m., all lanes of the I-5 were restored. The accused wrong-way driver’s car had been hauled from the site. The semi-truck was removed using a full-size tow vehicle.

The Oregon Department of Transportation and the Portland Police Bureau both went into the incident.

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