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When a driver who should be going west turns north on the Sellwood Bridge, there's a problem

DAVID F. ASHTON - A police officer stands by, blocking the east end of the Sellwood Bridge, while a PGE Eagle Crew truck heads toward the downed light pole at the west end of the bridge. A car crash near the west end of the Sellwood Bridge at 10:03 p.m. on Tuesday evening, July 9, brought Portland Police Bureau officers to investigate.

"The bridge was closed due to the crash; the driver was transported to a hospital with serious injuries," reported Portland Police spokesperson Officer Carlos Ibarra.

A witness to the aftermath of the smashup told THE BEE they saw what looked like an SUV high-centered on a traffic island at the west end of the bridge, and a utility pole down.

Although the crash was not visible from the east end of the bridge, or from the banks of the Willamette River, at 11:17 p.m., a Portland General Electric crew responded from Southeast Portland.

"This was a single vehicle crash," Ibarra confirmed. "It appears that the driver crashed into a light pole. . . The driver was issued a criminal citation for DUII."


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