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It may surprise you that in this relatively dry year, a cloudburst caused an accident, but apparently it did

DAVID F. ASHTON - It appeared that that poor visibility, due to a sudden drenching downpour, may have been what led to this smashup at S.E. 52nd and Holgate on April 2.Emergency first-responders arrived at the intersection of S.E. 52nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard at 3:16 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, when two cars collided there.

Wedged together in the corner of the intersection were a silver Toyota Corolla LE and a Hyundai "Ioniq" hybrid. Arriving medical personnel were waved off; occupants of both vehicles proved to be uninjured, outside their cars and standing in a sudden heavy downpour.

Due to the cloudburst, no one in the area witnessed the crash, which had been severe enough to deploy the Hyundai's airbag system. The drivers suggested the rain had been a factor in the crash.

"We're helping the drivers exchange information; there were no independent witnesses, so no citations will be issued," a Portland Police Bureau officer told THE BEE at the scene. Since the intersection is signalized, presumably one of the drivers was at fault, but the insurance companies involved will have to figure that out.


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