Divers find car, recover body days after I-205 bridge crash – OregonLive


A body has been recovered from the Columbia River near the Glenn Jackson Bridge, days after a driver slid off the span and into the water during a winter storm.

Portland police confirmed Wednesday evening that Multnomah County divers had recovered a body from a car found in the river.

Witnesses reported seeing a maroon SUV that was going south on the bridge, which connects Oregon and Washington, hit a patch of ice, go over a snow embankment and plunge into the water about 5:45 p.m. Sunday. The crash happened as a major winter storm was hitting the region, creating hazardous road conditions throughout the Portland area.

While police did not confirm an identity of the person whose body was recovered, the family of Antonio Amaro Lopez, a Southeast Portland resident, believes he was the driver who went off the bridge.

Antonio Amaro Lopez

Amaro Lopez has been missing since Sunday, and family believe his car may have hit a patch of ice and gone over a bridge.Family of Antonio Amaro Lopez

Amaro Lopez’s family began to worry about him Sunday after he did not come home as expected.

He called his wife about 5 p.m. to tell her he was leaving his family’s restaurant, Amaro’s Table, in Hazel Dell. When he did not show up a few hours later, his family became concerned.

After seeing law enforcement report a car had gone off the bridge, Amaro Lopez’s family members called police to express concern that he may have been involved in the crash.

According to Kelly Brown, an extended family member of Amaro Lopez, he normally takes Interstate 5 to State Route 14, then takes Interstate 205 over the Columbia River to get home.

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A U.S. Coast Guard official told the family that crews went out to search within 15 minutes of the crash but had to suspend their search Monday because of bad weather and water conditions.

Crews resumed their search Tuesday and Wednesday.

Amaro Lopez’s family held a candlelight vigil for him Wednesday evening at the Columbia River.

Authorities have not said what kind of car was found in the river.

-Jayati Ramakrishnan; 503-221-4320; jramakrishnan@oregonian.com; @JRamakrishnanOR



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