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Whoops: Some folks were just not paying attention when the front car stopped on 82nd

DAVID F. ASHTON - Traffic in front of Eastport Plaza comes to a halt on a busy Saturday afternoon, when four vehicles slam together in a chain-reaction smashup. Everyone who has driven S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses near Eastport Plaza, on a Saturday, knows how congested this thoroughfare can get.

Traffic was moderate to heavy on Saturday, January 20, at 1:30 p.m., when one car stopped and three others didn't, in the northbound lanes near S.E. Bush Street.

East Precinct officers shut down northbound traffic on 82nd Avenue while firefighter/paramedics from Woodstock Station 25 pulled in – responding to early reports of injuries in this smashup.

When a Toyota Highlander had made an abrupt stop, a Hummer H3 appeared to have stopped in time – just "kissing" the rear of the SUV, and causing little damage.

However a Toyota four-door sedan stopping behind the second vehicle was hit by the fourth – a Toyota FJ Cruiser that struck the sedan with such force, it pushed the smaller car deeply into rear of the HUM-V.

Although airbags had deployed in some of the vehicles, paramedics found no crash-related injuries, and quickly departed.

It took longer to haul away the damaged vehicles and open the street fully. The lesson, in case you missed it, is to be careful and attentive at all times while driving.

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