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Probably the last thing you want to do, while driving your brand new car, is run it into a light pole...

DAVID F. ASHTON - By the looks of this sheared-off steel streetlight pole on Powell Boulevard at Milwaukie, it was struck with considerable force by this seemingly brand-new Audi Q7 Quattro. Emergency first-responders from both the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue were sent to a single-vehicle crash on early Thursday evening, May 19, at 6:36 p.m., at the busy intersection of S.E. Powell Boulevard and Milwaukie Avenue – a short distance east of the Ross Island Bridge.

A brand new Audi Q7 Quattro had been traveling westbound on Powell Boulevard at a relatively high rate of speed, according to a witness at the scene.

"From where I was standing, across the street waiting for a bus, I couldn't tell if it actually ran a red light, or was just zooming [westbound] through the intersection," Larry Marks told THE BEE. "Just after it crossed [Milwaukie Avenue], the SUV jumped the curb near the TriMet bus shelter at the northwest corner of the intersection, and sheared off that steel [street light] pole, toppling it to the ground over there, before it stopped."

Although the Audi managed to miss the bus shelter, it also took down a traffic direction sign mounted on a steel post. When THE BEE arrived, the driver's-side door of the vehicle was open, and no one was inside. It looked as if the Audi's airbag did not deploy.

An ambulance was also nearby, with a patient – probably the Quattro's driver – inside. The ambulance remained at the intersection for at least 20 minutes, indicating that if there were an injury in this accident, it was not traumatic.

Afternoon commute traffic was delayed for a time as officers investigated, and then a PBOT Emergency Response worker removed debris from the crash scene to clear the busy highway.


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