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A car into a pole at 28th caused a big traffic backup in the morning commute on Holgate, before Christmas

DAVID F. ASHTON - A tow truck responded to clear the smashed car from the S.E. 28th and Holgate intersection, and get the morning commute traffic moving again. It was a dry and overcast Wednesday morning, December 11, when a silver Honda Accord eastbound on S.E. Holgate Boulevard careened into a wooden utility pole, next to a Shell gas station at the corner of 28th Avenue.

The collision was so violent, it collapsed much of the front end of the car.

A Portland Police Bureau Central Precinct officer at the scene said it was a single-vehicle accident; the driver had been taken to a local hospital by ambulance for medical observation and treatment. There is no information on the driver's condition.

Pedestrian witnesses at the diagonal corners of the intersection had different accounts of the accident.

One observer said perhaps a dark-colored SUV, westbound on S.E. Holgate, was attempting to turn south on 28th Avenue, which may have caused the driver to swerve and drive into the pole. The other witness told THE BEE that it appeared to her that the vehicle was going too fast for conditions, and that the driver was possibly "distracted" just before leaving the road and wrecking.

The officer commented, "This will be something for the insurance company to sort out."

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