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SUV's red-light dash causes crash at Woodstock and 82nd


by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Firefighters removed the injured driver of this T-boned car through the passenger-side doors.Southbound traffic on S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses at Woodstock Boulevard came to a standstill about 5:30 pm on Tuesday, May 6, when a Toyota SUV collided into a Nissan Sentra GXE.

Looking at the crushed-in driver’s side of the Nissan four-door, it was obvious that the compact car had been involved in a severe side-impact accident – a T-bone crash.

Before a Portland Fire & Rescue ladder truck – the vehicles that carry power extraction tools – could arrive, firefighters and paramedics riding Lents Station Engine 11 were able to stabilize the victim, and then safely remove her from the passenger side of the vehicle.

“I am concerned about my wife,” confided the victim’s husband, who rushed to the scene, and was standing at the AMR ambulance as paramedics closed the door.

Portland Police Bureau officers at the scene corroborated what a witness told THE BEE about how the accident occurred.

“The Sentra was going east on Woodstock,” said Manny Gonzalez, “Just after her light turned green. But this big, black truck was really ‘haulin’ [indicating traveling southbound] on 82nd and – smash! It hit so hard, it spun the car around.”

The truck of which Gonzalez spoke was a large modified Toyota SUV with a “brush bumper” on the front, parked around the corner from the wreck scene. Other than minor scrapes and paint transfer, it appeared undamaged.

At deadline it remained unclear if the driver of the SUV, who stayed at the scene and cooperated with police, had been impaired, or if he had been cited for “failure to obey a traffic control device” in this crash.