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Originally dispatched as a DUII crash, this motorcycle mishap on Powell Blvd disrupted traffic

ERIC NORBERG - With the airbag of this Jeep Patriot SUV activated, it may have been struck by the motorcycle lying nearby on Powell Boulevard. Traffic was detoured south into residential areas from both directions of S.E. Powell Boulevard, west of 82nd Avenue of Roses, at a shopping center's south parking lot exits.

It was on Saturday, May 11, and caused by a crash between a motorcycle and a SUV just before 4 p.m.

Responding East Precinct officers called for a Traffic Division officer to join them in the investigation of the crash.

The mechanics of the crash were unclear. But clearly observable in the middle of Powell were the Jeep Patriot SUV, with its driver's-side airbag deployed – and a Harley Davidson Softail motorcycle on its side on the pavement.

"The call was generated as a DUII-involved incident, but records don't show if someone was cited for that in this incident," Portland Police spokesperson Sgt. Brad Yakots later told THE BEE.

"The motorcyclist was transported with non-life threatening injuries," confirmed Yakots.

Powell was closed for two hours to permit the investigation.

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