A crane was brought in Monday night to remove a commercial truck involved in a crash that left one man dead.
Emergency crews were called to the scene near Southeast 110th and Foster Road in Portland at about 4 p.m.
The truck, which was described as a vacuum or suction-type truck, was coming down a steep hill along Southeast 112th, went off the road and rolled, then landed in some thick brush and trees down an embankment just north of Johnson Creek, police said. Markers on the road indicate the truck crossed into the other lane before smashing through a guardrail on the side of the road.
"For some reason, I looked up and I saw him doing this and I said, 'Wait a minute. This doesn't look right,'" said witness Ethan Knudson. "He looked scared in his face and I could just see. You smell smell hot, hot metal."
The driver of the truck was killed, police said. His identify has not been released.
"It sounds terrible that someone passed away," said Marcus Casley, who lives nearby.
Investigators have not determined a cause of the crash.
Neighbors told FOX 12 that the area where it happened has been a problem spot for a long time, especially with drivers heading down the hill.
"It's pretty heavy traffic, so when you're coming out of our neighborhood, you're looking right, looking left, and then you double, triple check before you go," Casley said.
"The speed limit is 35, I believe," said Daniel Wheat, who lives nearby. "But for the most part ... you got to be doing 45-50 going down the hill until right before you hit that curve and then everybody gets on their brakes."
Southeast 110th Drive was closed south of Foster Road while the Major Crash Team investigated, but it has since reopened.
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