52nd Avenue smashup clogs commuter traffic, draws a crowd
The slam of a vehicle collision in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, at the intersection of S.E. 52nd Avenue and Flavel Drive, at 7:35 a.m. on Friday, February 23, drew a crowd of neighbors to see what had caused the loud thump-and-crunch noise outside their homes.
A witness said that a blue and gray Honda Element had been driving northbound on S.E. 52nd Avenue. As it passed Flavel Drive, a southbound Ford Econoline plumbing truck made a "fast turn" east, or left, toward S.E. Flavel Drive, striking the Honda broadside in the driver's-side door.
"The impact was so severe, the Honda was lifted up by a foot or two, moved sideways about three feet, and landed within inches in front of our car," recounted another driver, who was stopped westbound on Flavel Drive at the intersection.
Before emergency responders arrived, a passing driver stopped and directed traffic. Most drivers at this busy rush-hour intersection appreciated his efforts – except for the driver of a small car, southbound on 52nd, who – when driving past – opened his door in an attempt to smack the Good Samaritan, while shouting at him.
Shortly afterward, Woodstock Fire Station 25's engine company arrived, closely followed by an ambulance. After medically evaluating the female driver of the Honda, the paramedics left the scene without transporting her, indicating that she had not been significantly hurt.
At 8:02 a.m., a Portland Police Bureau East Precinct unit arrived, followed by another officer at 8:07 a.m. The officers facilitated an information exchange and took over directing traffic. In Portland, citations are not generally issued for traffic accidents in which nobody is hurt, nobody is impaired, and nobody is without insurance.