PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A motorcyclist was killed in a crash Thursday morning on eastbound Interstate 84 in northeast Portland after they were hit by a wheel from a pickup truck traveling the opposite direction that had fallen off and bounced over the median.
Police responded to the crash at 5:20 a.m. at exit 1 (Northeast 33rd Avenue). At the scene, officers found the motorcyclist lying down on the roadway. Police said they attempted life-saving measures until paramedics arrived to take over, but the motorcyclist did not survive.
According to police, preliminary investigation determined that a pickup truck driving westbound on I-84 lost a wheel, which then bounced over the median and struck the eastbound motorcycle. The motorcyclist crashed and was hit by another eastbound vehicle.
Police have identified the motorcyclist as 44-year-old Charles Engblom of Portland.
Police said the investigation is ongoing. The involved drivers remained at the scene and are cooperating with the investigation. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact traffic investigator officer Chris Johnson at Chris.Johnson@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2213.
PPB said the motorcyclist's death marks the 39th deadly traffic crash in Portland this year. At the same point last year, there had been 27 traffic fatalities.