Erratic driver said to be cause of NE Glisan head-on collision

With the sun setting earlier and earlier every day, this story gives a good reason to make sure your headlights are on, after the sun goes down …

Portland Fire & Rescue firefighters plan how they’ll rescue drivers, trapped in the mangled vehicles after a head-on collision.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Long after the autumn sun set on October 10, NE Glisan Street was shut down by a horrific-looking head-on crash, just east of the I-205 Freeway, and near NE 97th Avenue.

“We logged the call at 8:58 p.m.,” stated Portland Police Bureau (PPB) spokesman Sgt. Peter Simpson.

Based on the PPB Traffic Division’s investigating officers’ reports, Simpson described for us what took place. “A Green GMC Jimmy SUV was traveling westbound on NE Glisan, and said to be driving erratically. The GMC crossed the median, and hit a silver Toyota SUV head-on.”

After having their conditions stabilized by firefighters and paramedics, accident victims are rushed to awaiting ambulances.

Firefighters spread absorbent to soak up fluids leaking from the wrecked vehicles.

Portland Fire & Rescue (PP&R) firefighters and paramedics from Station 19, and crews from Station 7, rushed to the scene and surveyed the wreckage.

“Firefighters used the ‘Holmatro Rescue Tool’ to remove the driver’s door on the GMC,” PF&R spokesman Paul Corah told us, after conferring with the firefighters who’d responded from Station 7. “They extricated the vehicle occupants within about seven minutes after arrival.”

Police, paramedics and firefighters all work to help victims from this accident.

Both drivers were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, Simpson added. “The driver of the GMC, 42-year-old Staci Anderson, was cited for Careless Driving, Failure to Maintain a Lane, and Driving Without Headlights.”

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