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What do you do if you face too many ways to go at an intersection? Split the difference, of course...

RITA A. LEONARD - A young driver momentarily indecisive about which lane to turn into at the five-way intersection of S.E. Powell Boulevard at 50th Avenue split the difference - and the front of the car as well. The convergence of S.E. 50th Avenue, Powell Boulevard, and Foster Road is one of Portland's complex five-way intersections. All the travel lanes and traffic lights can be confusing.

On Saturday afternoon, November 14, just after 2 p.m., the driver of a black Subaru Impreza sedan making a turn may have been momentarily distracted by the need to make at least one more choice of direction than expected – and split the difference. The car ran head-on into a metal pole on a narrow wedge of concrete curbing between two possible lanes of travel, right in front of a Taco Bell restaurant.

East Precinct and Woodstock Fire Station 25 First Responders soon arrived to direct traffic and to evaluate the teenage driver. She was the sole occupant of the vehicle, which was now crunched into the pole.

The driver was comforted by bystanders and checked out by paramedics, and apparently didn't suffer any injury in the mishap. Traffic at the busy intersection was congested for a period of time until the damaged car could be towed away and all lanes cleared. According to Portland Police spokesperson Sgt. Kevin Allen, who spoke to THE BEE afterward, no citations were issued.


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