Police patrol car vs. truck crash in Lents injures four

AFTERMATH VIDEO INCLUDED | Very little is being said about this smashup. But our the pictures and video will give you a good idea of just how violent this collision was …

After colliding, this Dodge RAM 1500 pickup truck and a Portland Police Bureau marked patrol cruiser are facing westbound, in the eastbound lanes of Powell Boulevard, in the Lents neighborhood.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Although a motor vehicle collision between a pickup truck and police SUV –  dispatched on September 4 at 6:57 p.m. – was dispatched as being at SE Powell Boulevard ane 92nd Avenue, it actually took place further west, near SE 90th Place, across from the west entrance of the Lents McDonald’s restaurant.

A Dodge RAM 1500 pickup and a Portland Police Bureau (PPB) marked patrol cruiser were facing east on Powell Boulevard – in the westbound lanes.

An officer looks for evidence – there’s plenty to see – around the front end of this smashed pickup truck.

Although we arrived not long after the crash was dispatched, the occupants of the vehicles had already been taken by ambulance to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment.

Eastbound Powell Boulevard traffic was diverted at 89th Avenue, while westbound vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians were sent to 92nd Avenue – as the investigation got underway. Eventually, a total of 20 PPB cruisers were at this crash.

These officers are retrieving PPB gear, and the officer’s personal items, from the smashed patrol vehicle.

It wasn’t long until the PPB’s Major Crash Team arrived and assumed control of the investigation.

Watch, as officers investigate this unusual outer East Portland smashup:

“An officer from the East Precinct was on his way to assist another officer at a domestic violence call, when the officer’s vehicle was involved in a crash with another vehicle,” was how the PPB statement was presented, later that evening began.

The light of an investigator’s flashlight illuminates the interior of the wrecked police cruiser.

“The officer was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries, and was treated at the scene,” the statement continued.

“Two other occupants of that vehicle suffered minor injuries and were transported to an area hospital for evaluation,” it concluded.

What led up to the crash, and how the vehicles ended up positioned as they were, has not yet been disclosed, but our on-scene photos might give you an idea as to what happened.

Into the night, this crash investigation continues.

If you have information about this incident, contact the Traffic Investigations Unit at crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov, and reference Case No. 23-233168.

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