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Truck smashes, skids, then flips...on SE Tacoma Street

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - A firefighter checks to make sure the crashed truck is stable, before PF&R paramedics begin to rescue the driver.A spectacular single-vehicle traffic accident, late on Saturday, November 3, began when a truck snapped off a traffic sign, then skidded sideways uphill for a half-block, and then flipped into a yard in the 2800 block of S.E. Tacoma Street – on the east side of McLoughlin Boulevard, in the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood.

Minutes before midnight that evening, a blue 1997 Chevy Tahoe was traveling eastbound across the Tacoma Overpass (the overpass is technically called S.E. Tenino, although Tacoma connects to both ends of it). Apparently the vehicle was moving at a good clip.

The truck had enough momentum when it left the lane of travel to snap off a steel pole holding a Pedestrian Crossing sign. It appeared as if the vehicle’s driver had lost control of it – the truck skidded and rotated about 180º before the wheels struck the curb – flipping the Tahoe into the yard of a neighbor.

Trees near the property line helped keep the truck from rolling further down the hill and smashing into the residence.

Portland Fire & Rescue paramedics from Westmoreland’s Station 20 checked on the driver – the vehicle’s sole occupant – and then strapped him to a backboard, and carried the stretcher up the incline to a waiting AMR ambulance.

Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson checked for information on the crash, listed as PPB Case #12-97034. “The report isn’t in the system yet; there’s no indication of DUII or an arrest,” he told THE BEE.