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The cause of the mishap seems to have been a sudden streering problem in a nearby Honda

ERIC NORBERG - TriMet personnel look over their LIFT bus, stuck in a ditch northbound along S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard. After nearly colliding with a wayward car, a TriMet LIFT bus left northbound McLoughlin Boulevard and came to an abrupt stop in a drainage ditch, on Saturday, April 10, at 12:22 p.m., near the north end of the Eastmoreland Golf Course, a block south of S.E. Reedway Street.

Portland Fire & Rescue paramedics arrived, and began carefully removing the driver and two passengers from the crashed bus through an emergency window, because the doorway was blocked by the muddy ditch. Central Precinct police officers closed off northbound McLoughlin Boulevard for a time, both for the rescue, and then to permit to tow trucks to remove the disabled car that had caused the crash, and to pull the small bus out of the ditch.

"The two passengers were transported to area hospitals for treatment of what was believed to be non-trauma injuries," reported Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley. ERIC NORBERG - The driver of this Honda Element reportedly experienced a mechanical malfunction, causing a TriMet LIFT bus to swerve and end up in a ditch along McLoughlin Boulevard. "Officers learned the driver of a blue Honda Element had experienced mechanical problems with the vehicle's steering system, and collided with the median road barrier, and caused the TriMet LIFT bus to leave the roadway and roll on its side."

The driver of the Honda Element cooperated with investigators and was not injured during the crash. No citations were issued.

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