The curious thing about this crash is that both vehicles were going east on Powll when they somehow collided

DAVID F. ASHTON - A PPB officer examines the steel utility pole, and the smashed Toyota SUV that toppled it., on S.E. Powell Boulevard, eastbound at 8th Avenue. Two Toyotas collided, eastbound on S.E. Powell Boulevard at 8th Avenue, near the eastern foot of the Ross Island Bridge, on Thursday evening, August 19. One of them careened off the highway, drove up the curb, and smashed through a steel utility pole.

Emergency first-responders and Central Precinct officers who were dispatched to the scene at 7:06 p.m. saw electrical wires drooping over S.E. 8th Avenue – and, on the sidewalk, a Toyota Highlander sports utility vehicle, with deployed airbags and an injured driver.

A Toyota sedan, with substantial damage to the passenger's side of the vehicle, proved drivable, and pulled off to the curb in front of the smashed SUV; its occupants were out of the car and talking with an officer when THE BEE arrived. They left the scene after providing information to the officer.

It didn't take long for arriving ambulance paramedics to prepare the crash victim for a trip to a local hospital to be treated for unknown injuries.

With no witnesses at the scene, it's not clear why or how this accident, apparently between two vehicles headed the same direction on S.E. Powell Boulevard, had taken place. There is no indication that any citations had been issued at the scene.

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