Glisan St. crash sends four to hospital

Just why this outer East Portland smashup, across from Glendoveer, took place remains a mystery …

After crash victims have been removed from their smashed vehicles, Portland Fire & Rescue San Rafael Station’s Engine 30 remains on-scene, in case fire breaks out.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

“We were watching TV, and heard a loud ‘thud’ coming from the street,” recounted Hazelwood neighbor Hank Gilberts, as he watched emergency responders at the scene of a multi-car crash in the 13900 block of NE Glisan Street, on the evening of March 6.

“There was no skidding sound, just a big bang,” Gilberts told East Portland News. “But with the wet pavement, I guess that’s understandable. If no one was killed, it’s a miracle.”

Officers begin their investigation of this three-car pile-up.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct and Traffic Division officers were called to the scene, just west of the Ringside Restaurant parking lot, at Glendoveer Golf Course at 7:52 p.m.

“Officers found a multiple-vehicle crash,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. Officers and medical personnel located three vehicles involved in the crash, and multiple patients needing treatment.”

NE Glisan Street was shut down as the Portland Fire & Rescue paramedics from the Mill Park Station, riding Truck 7 and Engine 7, removed crash victims from their crumpled cars. Four people were taken to Portland hospitals for medical treatment, two of them with traumatic injuries, Simpson reported.

NE Glisan Street is closed as the crash investigation continues.

Due to the extent of the injuries experienced by one of the involved parties, the Traffic Division’s Major Crash Team soon arrived on-scene and began conducting an investigation.

The following morning, Simpson revealed more details of the accident investigation.

“Investigators learned that 42-year-old Roderick Alo was driving a 2002 Acura TL eastbound on NE Glisan Street when he lost control of his vehicle, and collided with a 2008 Toyota Corolla that was being driven westbound onto Glisan Street, after turning from northbound NE 139th Avenue.

“The Toyota driver, identified as 30-year-old Lan Vo and the passenger were identified as 26-year-old Alexander Keppinger,” Simpson revealed.

Friends and family members of some of the crash victims come to the scene.

“After being struck by Alo’s vehicle, the Toyota crashed into a 2005 Nissan Sentra being driven westbound on Glisan Street by 26-year-old Lance Faletogo, and containing a passenger, 27-year-old Rawz Addison-Faletogo,” Simpson continued.

“The occupants of the Toyota, Lan Vo and Alexander Keppinger, were transported to Portland hospitals with traumatic injuries and remain hospitalized with serious injuries,” Simpson went on. “And, the occupants of the Nissan, Lance Faletogo and Rawz Addison-Faletogo, were transported to Portland hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.”

It’s a miracle” no one was killed during this crash, neighbors say.

The instigator, the driver of the Acura, Roderick Alo, was not injured in the crash. “He was not impaired, and cooperated with investigators,” Simpson added.

Some news outlets have hinted that “speed racing” might have contributed to the crash, but the cause of the accident hasn’t been revealed.

The driver of a fourth vehicle on the street at the time was not involved in the crash, but may have information regarding the crash. That vehicle is described as a white vehicle, last seen being driven eastbound on Glisan Street.

Anyone with information about this smashup should contact Officer David Enz at 503-823-2208, david.enz@portlandoregon.gov.

© 2016 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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