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Motorists trying to beat the light regularly collide at Holgate and Milwaukie

ERIC NORBERG - After being smashed in the side, this Ford pickup rolled over onto its top, in the treacherous intersection of S.E. Milwaukie Avenue and Holgate Boulevard. What was dispatched to emergency first responders as an "injury accident", on May 21 at 1:13 p.m., turned out to be a roll-over, two-vehicle smashup at the perilous intersection of S.E. Milwaukie Avenue and Holgate Boulevard.

By the time THE BEE arrived, a blue Ford F150 pickup truck and a red Jeep Grand Cherokee had been pulled off to the side by wreckers.

The intersection was obstructed for an hour or longer as police sorted out the smashup. It appeared to be a "T-bone" side-impact crash, for which this intersection is well known.

ERIC NORBERG - Its not known which driver was at fault when this Jeep Grand Cherokee T-boned a pickup truck at the intersection of Holgate Boulevard and S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, but both were obviously in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Jeep SUV looked to have smacked into the side of the Ford, causing the pickup truck to roll onto its top.

"The officer reports described this incident as a non-injury accident, with a vehicle that had rolled-over," later said Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley, after checking the paperwork for THE BEE.

It seemed that the vehicles' airbags had saved the occupants from serious injury despite the violent crash. Without an injury involved, the police did not issue citations, and left the matter up to the insurance companies to untangle, as is longstanding city policy.

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