McLoughlin smashup crumples stolen pickup, dents TriMet bus
A collision between a pickup truck and a TriMet bus partially closed the southbound lanes of McLoughlin Boulevard at S.E. Holgate on Friday evening, November 26. Three "Transit Division" units, including one attached to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, were dispatched to the scene at 9:29 p.m. â€“ along with one Central Precinct officer.
Near the center of the street, officers were focused on the demolished front end of the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, as well as the contents of the vehicle.
While officers were directing traffic around the wreck on S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard, workers wearing TriMet garb were inspecting a city bus which was stopped at the curb, facing eastbound, on Holgate Boulevard, across from 12th Avenue. It appeared that the driver-side rear end of TriMet bus had been damaged in the accident.
At 10 p.m. an ambulance pulled up by the wrecked Toyota and its paramedics checked in with officers. It then turned on its emergency lights and drove over to where the bus had stopped.
"The person who caused the crash turned out to be driving a stolen pickup, which is likely why there were so many units at this accident," later said Portland Police spokesperson Lt. Nathan Sheppard, after checking the police reports.
"That driver, 21-year-old Dariyan Crews, was transported to a local hospital with what doesn't appear to be any major injuries," Lt. Sheppard told THE BEE.
Although he was released on his own recognizance, and was not booked into jail, Dariyan Crews was nonetheless charged with:
· Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit & Run)
· Reckless Driving
· Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.
As a wrecker towed the smashed Toyota out of the street, the TriMet bus was also released by police, and drove off under its own power.
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