Truck smashes into Hubbard abode
A semi-truck clipped another vehicle and crashed into row houses in Hubbard Monday afternoon, closing 99E between Elm and Saunders streets in the process.
Hubbard Police said the incident took down cable, power and telephone lines, and a fire broke out under one of the row houses. Crews from Woodburn Fire District, Hubbard Fire District and utility crews, including PGE and Northwest Natural all responded to the site.
"A Food Services of America semi-truck traveling south on 99E drifted into the north bound lane, clipped a vehicle and ran off the east side of the road severed a utility pole crossed a deep ditch and crashed into an apartment building," Woodburn Fire Chief Joe Budge said.
No one was injured, but the truck driver was transferred to an area hospital for examination.
"The truck went several feet into the structure. No one inside the apartment building as injured," Budge said. "Electrical lines were down on 99E causing a (highway) closure for about 6 hours."
The incident occured roughly across the road from Tim's Deisel.
Budge said firefighters noticed smoke arriving from one of the units in the apartment complex about 30 after arriving. Crews investigated and determined it was coming from a crawl space and quickly extinguished it.
It is believed that the crash caused an electrical short, which in turn ignited the fire.
Six different households lost power due to the downed lines, affecting 10 adults and 8 children. Red Cross provided temporary housing overnight for those without power and damaged homes.
PGE worked through the night to replace the pole and restore power to all residences except for the one damaged by the truck.
Budge added that damage to the property is estimated to be $50,000.
Hubbard Police noted that Pacific Highway speed limit slows from 50 to 35 miles per hour near the crash location, and police frequently respond to rear-end crashes near the location.
HPD reminds drivers to be alert, follow posted speed limits and drive safely.
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