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What do you do when a dump truck that's just smashed a pole and is rolling your way? 'Nothing' might work

DAVID F. ASHTON - Along S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses, near Cooper Street in the Lents neighborhood, a truck sheared off a wooden utility pole with such impact that it knocked the streetlight off its mount onto the sidewalk below. The truck then rolled down to Ramona Street, where it bumped into a van. Notice the smashed truck headlight, and the jaunty hubcap on its fender.
Medical and police emergency-first-responders were summoned to a motor vehicle collision with "unknown injuries" on Tuesday, June 15, at 12:47 p.m., along S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses.

Several calls arrived almost simultaneously at the 9-1-1 Center; dispatchers tried to puzzle out just where this wreck took place. Was it in the northbound lanes of 82nd, adjacent to S.E. Cooper Street in the Lents neighborhood – or, was it along the Avenue of Roses near Ramona Street, in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood?

As it turned out, it was in both places.

The incident began as a heavy-duty Ford L800 dump truck, driving northbound along 82nd Avenue of Roses, jumped the curb and stuck a wooden utility pole – shearing it off cleanly at the base, and leaving it hanging from its wires – near S.E. Cooper Street.

The large truck did slow down after that crash, witnesses said – but it didn't stop. The vehicle kept rolling slowly northbound, and then began drifting across the road towards the left-turn lane. As the dump truck passed S.E. Ramona Street, it slowed further until it gently bumped into a Geek Squad van in the southbound lane, which stopped it.

Damage to the Geek Squad van appeared slight, and its driver wasn't injured – but he looked a bit nonplussed by the incident.

Portland Police Bureau officers closed southbound 82nd Avenue of Roses at Woodstock Boulevard to investigate, and to allow an ambulance to roll up to the scene.

"Police told me they found some kind of 'drug pipe', and also what they believe is Oxycodone, in the cab of the truck," the Geek Squad van's driver told THE BEE.

Paramedics treated the dump truck driver in the ambulance; he was later transported to a local hospital for observation. So far, officials haven't released the truck driver's name, or any other information – because, we're told, "This incident remains under investigation".


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