Police: Drunk driver crashes on bridge, damages MAX line

Police: Drunk driver crashes on bridge, damages MAX line »Play Video
Brian Anderson

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police said a drunk driver crashed on Portland’s Steel Bridge early Sunday morning.

It happened just before 3 a.m., police said. Officers found a Hummer H2 that crashed into a support pole at the west end of the bridge.

The driver, 38-year-old Brian Edmund Anderson, was not hurt in the crash. Police said he was driving drunk, and his blood alcohol content (BAC) was more than twice the legal limit.

Police took Anderson to the Multnomah County Jail. He faces charges of DUII and reckless driving.

The crash damaged the overhead wire system used by MAX trains, disrupting service in downtown Portland, and across the bridge for several hours while crews surveyed the damage.

Steel bridge MAX service was restored at around 6 a.m., and service along 5th and 6th avenues downtown was back up and running at around 10:30 a.m.

TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt said addition work will need to be done to repair the damage, but crews were able to temporary fix the lines to restore service.

Police said Anderson could face additional charges in connection with the damage to the MAX line.