PORTLAND, ORE. (10/13/2015) – According to Portland Police, on Monday October 12, 2015, at 12:55 a.m., North Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to I-5 northbound, between the on-ramp from westbound I-84 and the Broadway exit, on the report that a tractor-trailer crashed into the center median.
Officers and medical personnel arrived and learned that the crash involved only the tractor-trailer and that the driver was not seriously injured.
Traffic officers learned that the driver, 44-year-old Joel Minh Hung Reynolds of Oklahoma, was driving northbound on I-5 from westbound I-84 when he collided with the center median, crossing it and eventually colliding with the jersey barrier next to the far right lane of southbound I-5.
Due to the location and severity of the crash, I-5 traffic was rerouted to I-405 for several hours, tying up resources from the Portland Police Bureau, Portland Fire & Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
During the crash investigation, officers developed probable cause to arrest the driver for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (alcohol) and Reckless Driving.
The driver was given citations to appear in court and released to seek medical attention for a hand injury after being processed.
All traffic lanes were reopened at approximately 4:00 a.m. after the truck and trailer were towed from the freeway.