The three-car crsash on Hwy 99E left a compact car even compacter, and one of the vehicles sought for hit and run

DAVID F. ASHTON - This KIA appeared to have been caught in the middle of a three-vehicle smashup - the vehicle in front of it left the scene, and is being sought. 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.

You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.

Have a thought or opinion on the news of the day? Get on your soapbox and share your opinions with the world. Send us a Letter to the Editor!