Stolen box truck hits two pedestrians, suspects on the run in SE Portland

Published: Apr. 29, 2022 at 7:16 PM PDT
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PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) – Portland police say multiple suspects are on the run Friday after a driver in a stolen box truck injured at least two pedestrians in Southeast Portland.

The Portland Police Bureau said just before 5 p.m., Central Precinct officers were notified that a caller reported a stolen box truck in the area of Southeast 20th Avenue and Southeast Division Street.

At 5 p.m., officers responded and requested assistance from Air Support. Police say officers did not pursue the box truck, instead placing spike strips in the road. The driver refused to stop, crashing near Southeast 26th and Ash Street where the truck hit another driver and two male pedestrians.

PPB says one of those pedestrians has life threatening injuries. Both were taken to a local hospital for treatment. The adult female driver of the vehicle struck was uninjured, according to officers.

Following the crash, multiple suspects fled on foot, according to PPB. Officers from the Central, North and East Precincts responded, as well as the Focused Intervention Team to contain the area while k9 units tracked the suspects.

During the investigation, Southeast 26th Avenue is closed between Southeast Ankeny Street and Southeast Pine Street. Southeast Ash Street is closed between Southeast 24th Avenue and Southeast 27th Avenue.

PPB asks anyone with information about this incident, including information about the identity of the suspects, or photos or video of them, to contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov , attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-113627, or call (503) 823-2103.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.