Last night at 11:17 p.m., Portland Police officers from the East Precinct responded to a crash near SE Division Street and SE 92nd Avenue. At the scene, they found a 47-year-old bicycle rider with life-threatening injuries. The car’s uninjured driver cooperated with the investigation. This collision is one of the first serious injuries sustained on SE Division Street since the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) completed the Outer Division Safety Project.
During the investigation, Portland Police officers closed the eastbound lanes of SE Division Street between SE 92nd Avenue and SE 94th Avenue. Westbound lanes remained open. All of SE Division Street is currently open to traffic again, with only police tape and burnt flares indicating that anything happened at this intersection. The initial investigation determined that the automobile driver, operating a 2003 Toyota Camry, was traveling eastbound on SE Division Street and collided with the bicyclist riding southbound on SE 92nd Avenue.
Preliminary reports indicate that the bicyclist may have disregarded traffic signals at the intersection before crossing SE Division Street. However, the Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team (MCT) considers weather-related visibility a possible factor. The bicyclist remains in the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Portland Police will continue the investigation.
Last night, a vehicle jumped the curb and collided with the McDonald’s restaurant at 8149 SE Stark Street. Portland Police received the hit and run report at 9:43 p.m. A KOIN 6 News report indicates the driver “was doing donuts” before crashing into the building.
The car missed a number 72 bus shelter along SE 82nd Avenue and avoided a nearby City trash can. However, the vehicle destroyed a TriMet-owned bench before traveling through the building’s wall. Tables and an interior support column prevented the car from crossing more than a few feet into the store. According to a McDonald’s employee, no staff working that night suffered injuries due to this incident.
A similar crash occurred at this same restaurant last year. As with that incident, Police identified unsafe driving as the cause of the wreck. Damage created by yesterday’s event appears to be less significant than the 2021 collision. However, the building will require extensive repairs. Expect to see crews mending the building within the next few months.
Yesterday, Pacific Power crews closed one lane of traffic as they replaced a damaged utility pole at 232 NE 82nd Avenue. A vehicle collided with the pole in the early morning hours of December 20th, snapping the wooden pole free at the sidewalk and cracking it in half.
Pacific Power received notice of the damage at 6:44 AM. The incident affected electrical service to a single customer, and crews restored service soon after 10:00 AM. An area resident noted on Facebook that a similar incident demolished the same utility pole in 2015. Tom Gauntt, Spokesman at Pacific Power, did not have records extending back to that prior incident but noted that 82nd Avenue utility poles often suffer similar vehicle collisions.
Within 12 hours of its reported damage, crews replaced the utility pole, restoring power to a single city streetlight on the west side of 82nd Avenue. The linemen minimized the disruption to commuters, only closing the outermost northbound lane of 82nd Avenue. Unfortunately, due to its location at the entrance to Wendy’s Restaurant and within inches of the curb, this price of infrastructure may suffer the same collision again. Fortunately, the wood utility pole is relatively easy to replace, and this junction point serves just one customer.
Title photo and other image as noted by Weston Ruter. All others, copyright Montavilla News.
UPDATE – 3:35 All roads are clear of large debris and open to traffic again.
E Burnside Street is closed at 78th Ave after a two-vehicle crash. At 2:45 PM, a car and pickup collided in the intersection, flipping the truck and its two passengers completely over. The truck landed upright on SE 78th Ave, where it caught fire. Portland Fire & Rescue responded by 2:53 PM, extinguishing the fire and providing medical aid to the injured.
All people involved in the crash were able to walk away from the accident. Expect traffic delays on E Burnside Street and 78th Ave while crews clear the crash debris and tow the disabled vehicles.
This week, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) crews replaced the pedestrian crossing signal on NE Glisan Street at 78th Ave. The light sustained damage the previous week due to a vehicle collision at the intersection. No serious injuries were reported.
The incident occurred at 11:43 pm on January 22nd, 2021. Based on skid marks and the direction of bent mounting bolts, the vehicle was traveling east. Tire marks on top of the pedestrian safety island indicate the automobile drove in the center lane before colliding with the signal pole. An oil spill located in the intersection shows where the damaged vehicle came to a stop after the accident.
This intersection is dangerous for pedestrians trying to cross NE Glisan. Both PBPOT and the Portland Police Bureau have coordinated on crosswalk enforcement actions at this intersection before. However, collisions continue to be an issue on this section of NE Glisan Street. Fortunately, the signal is replaced and functional again. Although not perfect, the flashing lights give pedestrians crossing Glisan some added protection.
The TriMet bus stop on the northeast corner of Burnside and 82nd Ave was destroyed in a crash today. The bus stop shelter and crosswalk signal pole are knocked off their mounts. This bus stop serves the 20 bus line. Bus service has not been disrupted at this stop, although glass and other debris is spread around the area.
Cars To Go operates the automotive sales lot on the corner behind the bus shelter. A car being displayed at Cars To Go shows signs of damage.
UPDATE – We posted this story on reddit, looking for eye-witnesses to the crash. Two people reported seeing a SUV involved in the accident. One poster reported the time of crash as 4:30 PM on Thursday, June 25th. That same person posted images of the crash with the SUV involved in the collision. Accounts of the incident, indicate the driver was not seriously injured.
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