PORTLAND -- A semi fell over 60 feet from the inbound Interstate 84 on-ramp onto northbound Interstate 5. The driver was in critical condition and the crash closed the ramp from 3:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Police said the driver collided with another vehicle on the ramp before rolling off the ramp. A guardrail was destroyed. The other driver remained at the scene and was not hurt.
The semi driver was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital after Portland Fire Bureau crews spent 30 minutes dissecting the cab and freeing his trapped legs. He was listed in serious condition Wednesday afternoon.
The other driver was not injured in the crash and was not cited.
Arriving fire crews had to make certain the diesel that had spilled would not ignite as they entered the cab to begin treating the driver.
They also had to check the integrity of the Union Pacific regional headquarters building struck by semi as it plunged. Damage to the building was minimal.
The semi truck belongs to Walsh Trucking Company of Troutdale.
The ramp will be closed for a time overnight Wednesday to replace guardrails and repair concrete, according to an Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman.