It's notable when a motorcycle crashes right through a utlity pole -- and its driver survives

DAVID F. ASHTON - A Harley Davidson motorcycle smashed right through a utility pole on Holgate Boulevard, after striking a VW Golf. Here, an officer documents the crash. The violent crash on the border of the Woodstock neighborhood, which snapped a power pole on Holgate Boulevard, was caused by a motorcycle – and remarkably, its rider was not seriously injured in the wreck.

A Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officer at the accident explained to THE BEE that a green Volkswagen Golf had been westbound on S.E. Holgate Boulevard from 52nd Avenue, when the operator of a Harley Davidson motorcycle pulled out from 51st Avenue onto Holgate, also heading west.

An instant later, the Harley came in contact with front passenger side the VW Golf; the bike rider lost control, and smashed through the wooden utility pole on the north side of the street.

The Harley rider was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment; the car's driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with police.

Afterward, looking up the case for THE BEE, Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Christ Burley reported, "The injuries appeared to be not life-threatening, and no citations were issued." The pole had to be replaced.

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