Bus and motorcycle cop collide atop Mt. Scott

An unusual outer East Portland wreck, at a tricky intersection …

On the edge of the Lents neighborhood, atop Mt. Scott, a bus and a motorcycle cop collide.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

It’s not often that a Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Traffic Division motorcycle officer is struck by a vehicle while riding on patrol.

And, even less often that a TriMet bus is involved in a motor vehicle accident while driving its route.

Police and TriMet officials begin the investigation of this unusual crash.

But, on October 18 at 7:17 p.m., a Traffic Division motorcycle officer was struck by a TriMet bus at the intersection of SE 112th Avenue and Mt. Scott Boulevard.

The officer was overheard telling a sergeant that he was okay, but that the fairing on his motorcycle was damaged.

While the investigation continues, this Traffic Division motorcycle’s frame remains wedged under the front bumper of the TriMet bus.

Officials from PPB and TriMet gathered at the scene, debriefing the bus driver and the officer.

“The officer was able to jump off the bike, avoiding any serious injuries,” PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson told East Portland News.

The crash remains under investigation by the PPB Transit Police Division, Simpson added. But, the intersection has proven to be a dangerous one for drivers. Drive cautiously in that vicinity.

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