Portland police respond to several crashes as snow and ice accumulate overnight

Portland Police Bureau responded to several crashes on Feb. 5, 2019 after falling snow left roads icy overnight. Many drivers slid off the road into barriers or other vehicles. This crash is at Northeast 148th Avenue and Northeast Glisan Street. Photo courtesy Portland Police Bureau

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Police Bureau responded to several crashes Tuesday morning after snow blanketed the city overnight.

Many drivers struggled to maintain traction on the roads.

At Northeast 148th Avenue and Northeast Glisan Street, a Subaru crashed into a double load semi-truck hauling nearly 8,000 gallons of fuel around 6 a.m.

Portland Police Bureau East Precinct tweeted about this crash saying, “No slush, no snow, just sheer ice. Car could not stop and slid into turning gasoline tanker.”

The crash closed southbound Northeast 148th Avenue at Northeast Glisan Street.

There were no injuries in this crash, and thankfully, no injuries in most of the crashes Portland Police Bureau responded to.

The city of Portland closed Northeast 82nd Avenue between Northeast Fremont Street and Northeast Sandy Boulevard due to the icy pavement and several wrecks.

Earlier in the morning, all three lanes of Interstate 5 northbound closed at the Burnside Bridge due to a crash.

They also responded to a non-injury crash on Interstate 205 at Frontage Road between Southeast Stark and Northeast Glisan after an SUV drove into the barrier.

Police ask drivers to give themselves plenty of time to brake for red lights.

“The speed limit is not necessarily the speed you should be travelling,” police said in a tweet Monday morning.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is plowing several roads. To see a map of which streets they treat, click here.

What ODOT is planning to do to get ready for freezing temperatures Tuesday night, and the refreezing that's expected to come with them:

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