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Four hospitalized in two crashes
Four people were hospitalized in two accidents Tuesday evening and early Wednesday.
The names of the victims were not immediately released.
Portland Fire & Rescue and the Portland Police Bureau responded to the first accident at 8:12 p.m. on July 29 at West Burnside near Southwest 21st Avenue. When they arrived, they found that a vehicle traveling westbound had crossed the center line, struck another vehicle, and sent both vehicles into the Jim Fisher Volvo building.
The 43-year-old driver was transported to OHSU. The two passengers were transported to an area hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries. The driver may have had a medical event and became unconcscious before crossing the center line. Firefighters had to extinguish a small fire in the engine compartment while removing him from the vehicle.
North Precinct officers and medical personnel responded to the second accident at 1:09 a.m. on July 30 at North Interstate Avenue and Interstate Place. They found a single vehicle crashed into a power pole. The driver, a 27-year-old male, was suffering from traumatic and life-threatening injuries. He was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.
The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to investigate the crash. Preliminary information indicates that the driver was traveling Northbound on Interstate Avenue in a "Car2Go" Smart Car, lost control of the vehicle, and hit the steel power pole near the driveway to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash.
Northbound Interstate Avenue was closed for as investigators processed the crash scene.