Mt. Scott head-on crash into bus proves fatal

It happened when a car, speeding down Mt. Scott Boulevard, slammed into a TriMet bus in outer East Portland …

This Toyota is mangled, its driver critically injured, after it “misses the curve” on lower Mt. Scott Boulevard, in the Lents neighborhood. PPB provided image

By David F. Ashton

A head-on collision between a car and a Tri-Met bus at about 6:15 p.m. on February 4, along SE Mt. Scott Boulevard, knocked the bus off the road and severely damaged the Toyota that had caused the crash.

Preliminary information indicates that the driver of the Toyota was traveling down the hill on Mt. Scott Boulevard, crossed over the center-line, and crashed into the front of the TriMet bus that was traveling up the hill near between SE 103rd and 104th Avenue.

The front end and windows of this TriMet bus are crumpled after it was hit, head-on, by an oncoming car. PPB provided image

“Officers and medical personnel arrived and contacted both drivers to check for injuries,” said Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

“The TriMet bus driver was transported by ambulance to a Clackamas County hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries,” Simpson said.

“The male adult driver of the Toyota had life-threatening injuries, requiring ambulance transport to a Portland hospital,” Simpson added, “That person has been identified as 45-year-old Ronnie Bernard Davis Sr. He died after arriving at the hospital.”

The force of the impact pushes this bus off the roadway, and into the ditch alongside SE Mt. Scott Boulevard. PPB provided image

One passenger, riding the bus, was not injured.

The Traffic Division’s Major Crash Team is continuing its investigation into the crash.

© 2016 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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