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This smashup in a construction zone, it turns out, wasn't caused by the construction

DAVID F. ASHTON - Shown are two of the three wrecked cars, smashed into by the speeding driver of a third vehicle.It wasn't the nighttime roadwork on S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard that contributed to a three-car pileup in the southbound lanes, just north of SE Tolman Street, on the evening of September 29, a little before 9:00 p.m.

Instead, "Based on witnesses' statements, it appears a car was likely speeding and crashed into the back of a vehicle, and that vehicle was then pushed into the back of another vehicle," Portland Police spokesman Sergeant Chris Burley told THE BEE.

Southbound traffic was backed up for longer than an hour, while cars were slowly routed past the wreck in the lane only, causing impatient drivers to cut through the neighborhood to get around the crash.

"Two people were transported to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries," Burley said. There was no available information on whether or not the responsible driver had been cited.

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