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The cause for the crash may have been the failure of a recapped tire mounted on the long 'big rig'

DAVID F. ASHTON - Officers stood by as the driver (standing in the shade) provided information to a PPB Traffic Division officer, after his semi truck rolled over on S.E. 28th in Eastmoreland. Nearby Eastmoreland neighbors saw an unusual sight on Monday, August 12 – just before 2 p.m., a tractor-trailer driving northbound on S.E. 28th Avenue, turned over near Martins Street.

A driver following the big rig told THE BEE he'd witnessed the "wreck in slow motion", as the long trailer rolled on its side in the S-curve between S.E. Martins Street and Woodstock Boulevard.

Dispatched for an "Injury Accident", Westmoreland Fire Station 20's Engine Company arrived moments later, followed shortly by Woodstock Station 25's Ladder Truck crew.

Central Precinct police officers shut down the street for hours. The firefighter/paramedics checked on the truck's driver, who appeared to be uninjured and was already up and walking around, talking to officers.

A neighbor, on whose parking strip and sidewalk the truck had landed, said he'd been in his garage – just above the accident scene – and heard an odd, grinding, crashing sound at about the time of the accident, and came down to look. "This is surprising," he remarked.

A Portland Police Traffic Division officer evaluated the accident – carefully eyeing a shredded drive-wheel retreaded tire. Apparently, no citations were issued.

The trailer was filled to the top with bags of "Flexterra High Performance-Flexible Growth Medium" – a ground cover intended to keep planted seeds in place. It took hours for a large crew to empty the trailer, and load it all into another truck.

By evening, the truck was gone and the normally-busy street was again open and clear.


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