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One officer is slightly injured breaking the car's windows so the people inside could escape

KOIN 6 NEWS - Portland police vehicle lights.A police officer was slightly injured rescuing three people trapped in a crashed and burning car in East Portland early Monday.

The name of the officer was not immediately released. The people in the car were able to escape without any injuries.

A report of the crash on Southeast Powell Boulevard underneath Interstate 205 came in shortly before 3:30 a.m. An officer in the area was able to quickly reach the scene, where she grabbed a fire extinguisher and began breaking out windows in order for the occupants to escape. She suffered minor cuts to her hands in the process.

A sergeant arrived shortly after and helped break more windows with a breaching tool. Each person inside the car was able to make out uninjured.

According to police, the crash occurred after the car was going west on Powell when another car cut it off. The driver tried to avoid the car, but lost control and crossed eastbound lanes of traffic. The car eventually struck an embankment — leading to the car flipping over.

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