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Story by James Daniels - The Oregon Herald
Published on Friday March 18, 2011 - 6:36 PM
 
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The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office will determine the cause of death today of a man involved in a crash on the Ross Island Bridge. The driver from a second vehicle is still in critical condition. His injuries are not life threatening.

Police say the driver in a second car was traveling eastbound on the Ross Island Bridge when his vehicle hit the south side railing just west of the mid span.

It was about 12:30 p.m. today when a 58-year-old man was driving east on the bridge when investigators believe he may have suffered a medical issue that caused him to hit the right side of the bridge structure with his car. The vehicle then crossed into oncoming traffic striking the left side of the bridge before colliding with another vehicle.

The driver from the first vehicle and a 54-year-old male driver from the second vehicle were both transported to area hospitals with serious injuries. The Portland Police Major Crash Team has closed the bridge to all traffic as they continue this crash investigation. Investigators estimate the bridge will be reopened in the next hour.

Family members are still being notified and names are not available for release at this time.