Officials in Portland, Oregon, say that two people required hospitalization after a multi-vehicle wreck occurred Wednesday evening. The crash was reported on the Morrison Bridge around 6:30. The bridge accident appears to have occurred in a chain-reaction fashion.
Authorities say that the chain of events began when a Jeep Grand Cherokee struck the rear of a Mini Cooper. The force of that crash plowed the BMW forward into a Mazda 5. Portland Fire and Rescue had to use heavy equipment to cut through the door of one of the vehicles during the rescue effort. Few other details are known about the wreck.
Emergency responders say that at least two people suffered injuries in the multi-vehicle wreck. The nature and severity of the injuries have not been discussed in local media. However, officials have indicated that it does not appear that either accident victim, who had been traveling in separate cars, suffered any life-threatening injuries.
Any car accident can cause injuries, and often an accident victim may find after time that the injuries are more extensive than indicated in the immediate aftermath of the crash.
Officials closed down the bridge to clear the scene and gather evidence that can be used in determining what occurred during the three-car wreck.
When multiple vehicles are involved in a wreck, the analysis of what happened, and the analysis of who may have been at fault can become more complicated. Learning what occurred can be important to accident victims to help them find closure. It is also important to note that if the negligence of a driver causes injury to another, the victim of that negligence should not have to bear the burden of paying for medical costs and losses that can accrue from an injury accident.