Driver walks away from Mt. Scott wreck

See why emergency first responders say it could have been much worse …

Police assist the driver of a car that spun out, landing in a ditch at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery atop Mt. Scott.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Just what led to the accident in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood, on the beautifully-sunny, summer-like spring afternoon of June 16, remains a mystery.

Yet, about 1:15 p.m., a Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct District officer was called the scene of a crash, just west of main entrance of Willamette National Cemetery, at 11800 SE Mt Scott Boulevard.

Drivers coming up Mt. Scott slow to look at the car, almost upside down, at the side of the road.

The officer pointed out where the driver, heading westbound on SE Mt Scott Boulevard, appeared to have drifted off into the grass alongside the road, over-corrected, and skidded across both lanes of traffic.

The Toyota Avalon Limited slammed into the ditch, spinning around, and landing facing east.

After looking at this smashed car, Emergency First Responders say they’re surprised this accident didn’t result in severe injuries, or worse.

Because it was first reported as a “roll-over crash”, medical emergency first responders came to the outer East Portland scene. However, the driver declined medical treatment, and was standing talking with the officer and others.

“No cause or citations are listed in the call,” PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson later told East Portland News.

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