Strange crash blocks S.E. 17th Avenue in Westmoreland
After a Toyota Camry SE somehow slammed sideways into the left rear of a parked VW Tiguan, pushing it up onto the curb, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers were dispatched to S.E. 17th Avenue near Harold Street on Sunday afternoon, June 14, at 1:35 p.m. And 17th Avenue remained closed there for an hour and a half.
Onlookers puzzled over how the Toyota could have ended up sideways across two-lane 17th Avenue in the middle of a block – just south of the median at the intersection with Harold. The street was not wet at the time, and there was no visual indication that a skid or spin had taken place.
The crash had been dispatched as an injury accident, and an ambulance did arrive at 2:09 p.m., later leaving with lights flashing but without the use of a siren, suggesting that if someone was being transported to a hospital, their injuries were considered minor at that point.
Although officers remained in discussion with bystanders and controlling traffic for over an hour, apparently a police report wasn't issued, so there are few details available about this bizarre-looking crash, said PPB Public Information Officer Lieutenant Tina Jones.
"Per the dispatch call record, it was reported that a vehicle struck a parked car. It appears that the Toyota was towed," Jones said. However, the badly damaged parked car was not towed until more than twenty-four hours later.
"The call cleared with 'assignment complete', so it is likely an information exchange occurred; there isn't an indication of a citation being issued," concluded Jones, although THE BEE saw at least two people at the scene holding long strips of paper which appeared to have been printed by an officer's device.
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