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It certainly looked as if the northbound driver must have run the stoplight at Holgate Blvd

ERIC NORBERG - The debris in the street around the smashed black sedan in the background, as well as the inverted position of the Infiniti S.U.V. in the foreground, attest to the violence of the T-bone crash. Police, an ambulance, an ODOT Incident Truck, and several fire engines responded at 3:27 p.m. on Monday afternoon, July 8, when a T-bone collision in the busy intersection brought traffic to a halt for hundreds of motorists on Highway 99E.

Weeks later, THE BEE has been unable to obtain further details about the crash from authorities; but from what we were able to see at the crash site that afternoon, it appeared that a northbound black sedan had collided with the passenger door of a black Infiniti JX35 sport utility vehicle with New Mexico license plates – which apparently had been crossing McLoughlin eastbound from the southbound side exit to Holgate – knocking it onto its top against a utility pole in the entrance to the nearby Union 76 gas station. The crash had been coded an "injury accident", and the responding ambulance appeared to leave the scene with someone inside. We also saw a man, possibly the driver of the black sedan, walking between two officers northbound from the wreck, suggesting that at least an interrogation was in progress. But, as mentioned above, at press time for this issue of THE BEE, the Portland Police have been unable to provide any further information about the incident.

The resulting traffic tie-up not only stopped vehicles on the highway, but sparked a great deal of cut-through traffic on nearby streets, creating problems for drivers in the area for over an hour, until the crash scene was cleared.


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