Traffic collision nearly turns Centennial Safeway into a ‘drive-thru’

This wreck looked pretty bad. Yet, everyone walked away from it …

Fortunately, a tree and the bushes slowed down this car enough so it didn’t quite get to the Centennial neighborhood Safeway store.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
The police radio crackled, “car into a building on SE 162 east of Division”. Police and Portland Fire & Rescue were dispatched to the scene. We drove out to take a look.

It didn’t help that Jan. 8 was a heavily overcast day, and a heavy mist was falling. “It may have contributed to the accident,” the officer on scene told us.

A witness told us the curb-climbing car we found driven up the lawn and almost into the Safeway store had been northbound on SE 162nd Ave. “The green SUV was pulling out of the parking lot,” she said. “Somehow, it clipped the van, and skidded around.”

This van pulled out of the lot, a witness said and may have caused the accident.

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in the incident.

¬© 2007 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News Service

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