Daytime McLoughlin Boulevard three-vehicle wreck stalls traffic
A three-vehicle smashup along southbound S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard near Umatilla Street closed down traffic on Wednesday, August 10. Central Precinct officers responded at 2:25 p.m. that afternoon. They were soon joined by an ODOT Incident Response truck that briefly stopped all traffic — and then directed drivers to merge into the center lane after the crashed vehicles had been moved to the narrow road margin.
From what could be observed, an older model Ford F-250 pickup truck had rear-ended a KIA subcompact, causing substantial rear-end damage to the small car. This pushed the KIA into the back of the vehicle in front of it, causing it additional front-end damage.
A witness said that front vehicle — a "big black truck" — had driven off after the crash, and disappeared down the road.
Although it was originally dispatched as an injury accident, emergency medical first responders were waved off as PPB officers sorted out the situation. Traffic was disrupted for about three hours during this incident. Officers are still on the lookout for that "big black truck" which may have stopped, to cause the crash, and which left the scene before officers arrived.
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