Hit-and-run driver causes Hazelwood wreck

Take a look at the damage a fleeing driver left in his wake, after triggering an outer East Portland smashup on NE Glisan Street …

In the Hazelwood neighborhood, this wreck on NE Glisan Street summons numerous emergency first responders to the scene.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Traffic was partially shut down on NE Glisan Street, at NE 114th Avenue, on Monday afternoon, July 22, when vehicles collided and an SUV rolled over.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers and Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) units, were called to the scene at 1:35 p.m. that afternoon – and found the wreckage from three vehicles scattered all over the roadway.

Working swiftly, a PF&R crew cuts the roof of this Hyundai SUV, and gets the patient into an ambulance.

The crew of PF&R Mill Park Station Engine 7 stood by, ready to provide fire suppression, while Parkrose Training Station 2’s responders pulled out their Holmatro Power Rescue tools, and began cutting away the roof of the rolled-over Hyundai SUV to reach the driver, trapped inside.

A PPB officer there said, according to initial information, the wreck was caused by vehicle that was no longer at the scene.

“One vehicle was coming out of SE 114th Avenue; that driver reportedly cut across traffic on Glisan, causing the Honda Accord to swerve into the path of the Hyundai SUV,” the officer told East Portland News.

Damage to the Honda appears to minimal, in comparison to the Hyundai SUV.

The vehicle that initiated the crash received minimal damage, and sped off eastbound, away from the crash.  Police are still looking for that driver.

“As bad as it looks, this accident wasn’t fatal,” the officer observed. “The driver of the SUV was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for medical observation and possible treatment, as a precaution, due to the nature of the crash.”

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