A headon collision with a city bus never turns out well for the driver or the car that runs headlong into it

DAVID F. ASHTON - After the head-on crash, S.E. Johnson Creek Boulevard was closed so PPB Traffic Division investigators could get to work. No official finding has been announced that excessive speed by the Chevy was a factor, but those at the scene suggested it as a strong possibility. Motorists heading eastbound on S.E. Johnson Creek Boulevard from McLoughlin Boulevard were re-routed through the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood on Thursday afternoon, January 23, after a car drove head-on into a TriMet bus.

Portland Police Bureau officers and Portland Fire & Rescue paramedics raced to the location, near S.E. 36th Avenue, at 3:34 p.m. Traffic on Johnson Creek Boulevard was blocked as the first-responders pried the driver out of a badly-smashed Chevy Cruze, while others treated riders on the bus for minor injuries.

And both lanes of the busy boulevard remained closed east to 42nd Avenue, as crash investigators investigated the crash as the evening rush hour began.

An officer at the scene told THE BEE that, based on their preliminary evaluation, it appeared as if the westbound Chevy Cruze was speeding, had drifted out of its lane in the sharp curve, and then experienced an offset head-on crash with the bus.

The responsible driver was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. An emergency worker said that the engine of the Chevy Cruze had been pushed all the way into the passenger seat, at the front of the car, by the impact.

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