Wet pavement and a driver caught by surprise result in a rear-end crash that blocked traffic on McLoughlin

ERIC NORBERG - In the crash at McLoughlin at Holgate, it appeared that the burgundy pickup truck in front of the ambulance had skidded and rotated so its right side had smashed the rear end of the dark hatchback partially visible at far left. Southbound traffic was halted for 50 minutes. Southbound traffic backed up for quite some time along S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard on February 15, about 4:30 p.m., after Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers closed the road due to a rear-end collision, just north of S.E. Holgate Boulevard. Southbound vehicles were stopped at the scene for some 50 minutes, while cars and trucks backed up into the Inner Eastside Industrial District.

Apparently a blue hatchback stopped for a red traffic signal -- causing a burgundy pickup truck, trying to make a sudden stop, to fishtail and slam into the hatchback. A white SUV may have also been involved in the wet-pavement smashup.

An ambulance arrived shortly after the police officers. Because "trauma" crash victims are usually whisked away to a hospital quickly, and because this ambulance was at the scene for quite some time, it's possible that the injury sustained was minor, and was treated in the ambulance.

"According to the records, this was a three-vehicle crash," Portland Police spokesperson Lieutenant Tina Jones told THE BEE. "It appears information was exchanged; and, since it was not a trauma [injury] accident, this incident did not require a detailed police report."

But it did require traffic control by officers, while tow trucks were summoned and were used to safely get the two disabled vehicles out of the middle of the very busy intersection. Southbound traffic movement was restored after that.

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