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Teen driver runs a stop sign and hits a truck. Worse yet, the truck is a police truck, and an officer is in it

DAVID F. ASHTON - The intersection of S.E. 92nd Avenue at Division Street in the Lents neighborhood was closed for hours, after a multiple-vehicle smashup caused by a red-light-runner. Ask any Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Traffic Division cop, they'll tell you, "Many times, multi-vehicle smashups are simply an accident."

That wasn't the case this time – when an officer reported to dispatchers he'd been involved in a crash in Lents, on S.E. 92nd Avenue at Division Street, on Tuesday afternoon, November 12.

"I think you'd better send my lieutenant, as well as a Traffic Division Sergeant," the officer radioed to dispatchers – who logged the call at 2:15 p.m. that afternoon.

Just west of the intersection on Division Street was a tangle of four vehicles. Three were badly wrecked, with airbags deployed – although a Toyota Rav4 only received a scratched front bumper.

Based on information gathered at the scene by responding officers, a white GMC 4x4 extended cab pickup truck – which turned out to be a PPB undercover vehicle – was southbound on 92nd Avenue, approaching Division Street, with a green traffic signal.

Part-way into the intersection, the officer's GMC was smashed into by a silver SAAB 2.0T sedan that was westbound on S.E. Division Street, having reportedly blown through a red traffic signal before smashing into the officer's truck.

The impact spun the GMC around 160 degrees counterclockwise; the SAAB's momentum caused it to continue careening through the intersection, nicking a Toyota Rav4, before smashing into the side of an eastbound Nissan Maxim, which had been stopped for the red light.

It took quite some time for a squad of tow trucks to clear the intersection.

In spite of the violent collision, no one was injured severely enough to require a trip to the hospital. "I'm sure the SAAB's driver will have some explaining to do," an officer commented – declining to say whether the young man would be cited in the incident; but he certainly would be facing problems at home.


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