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Speeding on a curve on a two-lane road results in a nasty game of bumper cars and a lot of wreckage

DAVID F. ASHTON - Witnesses say this grinding crash was the result of the driver of the white Toyota Avalon XL speeding on the curve, sideswiping a VW Jetta, and then losing control and smashing into this black Toyota head-on in the southbound lane. Winding S.E. 28th Avenue, rimming the east side of the Eastmoreland Golf Course, has curves that makes most drivers stay at or below the posted 25 m.p.h. speed limit.

But, on August 17, at 4:40 p.m., a speeding wild driver brought Central Precinct officers and three ambulances to the site of a three-vehicle wreck on that street – between S.E. Martins Street and Woodstock Boulevard.

The driver and the passenger of a VW Jetta were going north on 28th Avenue when a white Toyota Avalon XL, with Washington license plates, came up quickly behind them.

Passing them over the double yellow lines, the driver of the Toyota sideswiped the VW hard, driving it up the curb, and then over into the oncoming traffic lane. Without showing signs of slowing, the wild driver then over-corrected, drove through the travel lane, and popped over the curb and traveled on the parking strip for a few yards.

Just before hitting a steel-post mounted street sign, the erratic driver jerked the wheel to the left into the opposite lane, and careened into a southbound black Toyota RAV4 head-on.

Portland Fire & Rescue crews used portable power rescue tools to take off the top of the Avalon, and pry the doors open on the RAV4, to remove the drivers and a passenger.

"Three persons were transported for medical care; their conditions are unknown," a police officer told THE BEE.

Officers were expecting to cite the driver who caused the crash; the accident is still under investigation.


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