Oregon driver ends up dangling vehicle on overpass
BEAVERTON, Ore. - A truck ended up dangling off an overpass in Beaverton on Saturday, trapping the driver in a precarious position.
The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. on the Denney Road overpass along Highway 217.
When police arrived at the scene, the driver was still inside the truck.
A Technical Rescue Team from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue was called there as well and secured the truck to a fire engine to keep it from falling. They then used a fire engine basket to get the driver to safety.
The driver was later identified as 38-year-old Matthew Alan Hamilton of Beaverton. He was taken to a local hospital to get checked out - police said injuries he suffered in the crash did not appear to be life threatening.
According to police, Hamilton's blood alcohol content was .50 - that's more than six times the legal limit (it is .08 in Oregon). He will be charged with DUI and driving while suspended from a previous DUI conviction once he is released from the hospital.
Denney Road is the exit just before southbound traffic gets to the Washington Square mall and the crash blocked all of the southbound lanes for five hours.