Downed power lines land on semi truck in Gresham crash

Crash at NE 183rd and Halsey Street in Gresham - Photo from KATU photojournalist Ric Peavyhouse

Downed power lines trapped a semi driver inside the cab of a truck early Tuesday morning after a crash on Northeast 183rd Avenue, Gresham Police said.

The crash happened just before 3 a.m. at the intersection of Northeast 183rd and Halsey Street.

According to Gresham Police, a driver was speeding west on Halsey Street when the person lost control of the car and crossed four lanes of traffic, narrowly missing an eastbound semi truck. The car crashed into a power pole, causing that pole to break.

The driver had three passengers in the car; police said all four of them were taken to the hospital. Three of them suffered non-life threatening injuries while one person sustained serious injuries.

The power pole fell on top of the semi truck and trapped the driver inside. Crews managed to free him by around 6:15 a.m.

Charges are pending against the driver of the Honda, 24-year-old Benjamin Crawford of Gresham. He was briefly hospitalized, and is not in police custody.

Officials expect the intersection to remain closed until around 2 p.m. while crews work to repair the damaged power lines.

Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to contact the Gresham Police department at 503-618-2320.

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