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Empty streets are leading to speeding -- here, a car rolled over on the northbound turn from McLoughlin

DAVID F. ASHTON - With the damaged Nissan sedan loaded up to be taken away, a tow truck driver swept up broken glass and debris, left on the street after the roll-over one-car crash just east of McLoughlin Boulevard. Passing drivers who beheld a wrecked blue Nissan four-door sedan flipped onto its roof – on Friday mid-afternoon, April 3 – called 9-1-1 to report what callers thought must surely have been a "serious injury" accident. It had happened on S.E. Woodward Street, just east of McLoughlin Boulevard.

Central Precinct officers and Portland Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to the wreck at 2:54 p.m. – and discovered that its occupants had crawled out from under the damaged car.

An "ODOT Response" driver said he'd been dispatched to the crash because the side street on which the accident occurred is the "feeder" from northbound McLoughlin Boulevard to the turnaround that takes motorists over to turn westbound on the Ross Island Bridge.

"It appeared as if the sports car took the exit a bit fast, overcorrected, and jumped the curb, causing it to flip over onto its top," the ODOT driver told THE BEE. "Using my truck, I pulled the car upright, and dragged it out of the main roadway."

As it turned out, there'd been no injuries in the spectacular crash – and a Central Precinct officer told us that no citations had been issued.


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