Portland, OR — Police have identified the truck driver for USPS who was badly burned and injured after Wednesday night’s fiery accident in Portland. They said that Mike Harp, 54, was in serious condition at a hospital after his USPS semi-truck was hit head-on by a van.
A father & son who saw the accident acted as Good Samaritans and pulled Harp from his burning truck, he said.
The accident I’m talking about happened around 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday night (May 20, 2015) along Columbia Blvd in Portland. Mike Harp was driving the USPS semi-truck east along Columbia Blvd when he was hit head-on by 37-year old Jared Mack’s van near 17th Avenue.
Mack was allegedly driving erratically right before the accident, witnesses told police, and he swerved into oncoming traffic, crashing head-on into the USPS semi-truck. The accident caused both vehicles to catch fire.
Jared Mack was killed immediately by the wreck and the Mike Harp was able to be pulled out through the windshield by Jose Hernandez and his son, the passersby who helped.
The cause of the accident isn’t yet clear, but police said they’d look into it some more.