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Somebody was speeding through a red light -- the damage was evident, but there were no witnesses to ascribe blame

DAVID F. ASHTON - After being turned back upright and moved out of the road, the severe damage was clearly evident to this T-boned Subaru Outback PEZ, at S.E. Flavel and 72nd.More than a dozen people walking, working, or dining near the intersection of S.E. Flavel Street and 72nd Avenue were startled by a thunderous nearby car wreck on Friday, March 18, at about 4:15 p.m.

A Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, northbound on 72nd Avenue, slammed into the side of a Subaru Outback PEZ crossing eastbound on Flavel.

The T-Bone crash occurred with such force that it broke off the passenger's side rear wheel on the Subaru, and rolled ithe vehicle over onto its top.

Witnesses at Lee's Automotive heard the impact, and rushed out to help the female driver of the Subaru out of her overturned vehicle.

Because the incident was dispatched as a roll-over accident, Portland Fire & Rescue – including Woodstock Fire Station 25's Engine and Ladder Truck companies – were sent to the crash. Additionally, an ambulance and Lents Fire Station 11's Engine Company and Rescue 11 units were dispatched.

However, by the time rescuers arrived, everyone was out of the vehicles and walking around. After a medical check for those involved, the emergency medical providers departed. And the overturned Subaru was no longer in the street.

"The firemen couldn't find the rolled-over car, because the guys from the repair shop had muscled it over onto its wheels," explained a young lady who heard the smashup, while waiting for her dinner at the Birrieria Jalisco catering truck nearby. "Then, a mechanic got a 'rolling jack' kind of thing and slid it under the back of the car, and kind of slid-and-drove the SUV into the parking lot across the street."

An East Precinct officer confirmed to THE BEE that no one was taken away in an ambulance. "Vehicles today are amazing; years ago, this could well have been a fatality crash," he said.

Clearly, one of the vehicles ran through the red traffic signal at the intersection. "At least a dozen people heard the impact, but no one actually saw the collision," the officer remarked – adding that without officers being able to determine who was at fault, no citations were likely.


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