Date: October 20, 2009
Location: NE 145th Avenue & Glisan Street, Portland, Oregon
According to The Oregonian, a woman crashed into a utility pole in NE Portland, Oregon, on October 20, 2009, causing a power outage that affected 2,000 homes.
The crash, which occurred around 8:45 PM, knocked down a power line at NE 145th Avenue and Glisan Street, and split the pole in half. No one was seriously injured.
PGE crews were soon working to fix the pole and restore power. Most customers had their electricity back on by the next day.
Shulman DuBois LLC offers a library of documents with safe driving tips, to help keep you out of our office. And if an accident should happen, we offer free information on settling your case without a lawyer. You can also order our free book, 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case, and you’re always welcome to contact us.
Date: October 15, 2009
Location: Oregon Highway 370 (O’Neil Highway), Prineville, Oregon
Oregon State Police are asking the public’s help in finding the person who stole a pickup truck, crashed it into a guardrail west of Prineville, Oregon, and fled the scene, leaving the truck partly submerged in an irrigation canal.
A 48-year-old Prineville woman reported that her truck had been stolen sometime late on October 14, 2009. The next morning, according to KOHD.com, state troopers responded to a single-car crash on Highway 370, also known as O’Neil Highway, and discovered the vehicle abandoned and partially sunk in a shallow canal.
Preliminary investigation by state police revealed that the red 1993 Ford Ranger truck struck a guardrail while traveling east on the highway, left the road, and finally came to rest on its side in the canal. As of October 20, the unidentified driver had not been found.
Police are asking anyone who has information on the incident to contact Senior Trooper Russo at 541-388-6213, ext. 545.
Date: October 13, 2009
Location: Greentree Road, Lake Oswego, Oregon
Names: Nathan Dale Lequieu
Nathan Dale Lequieu was “lucky,” according to firefighers. When the 36-year-old Southwest Portland man hit a tree in Lake Oswego, Oregon, the tree actually kept his Ford Ranger truck from falling all the way down a rugged embankment. As if that weren’t enough good fortune for one day, a fire crew was already in the area and was able to reach the scene on Greentree Road in less than a minute.
The fortuitous turn of events started around 10:30 AM on October 13, 2009, when Lequieu’s truck left the road. As it fell down the embankment, the truck hit a tree. According to OregonLive.com, the tree kept Lequieu from plunging another 20 feet.
Battalion Chief David Morris, spokesman for the Lake Oswego Fire Department, told OregonLive.com that the fire crew was able to stabilize the vehicle, attaching it to a firetruck so it wouldn’t move. “And because the truck hit the tree right in the middle of the grille, the sides of the truck weren’t damaged and we could get the patient out. He was lucky,” Morris said.
Lequieu was transported by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, where he was in fair condition as of October 13. Investigators have not yet determined what caused the accident. Greentree Road was closed until about 11 AM while emergency crews were on the scene.
Lequieu is surely counting his blessings, and we are thankful he is safe after a harrowing experience. We wish him the best as he recovers.
We want to caution our readers, however, that “luck” will not protect you in an accident situation. Vigilance, caution, and adherence to traffic rules are much more reliable than luck in keeping you safe on the road, and we urge all drivers to remember that safety should never be a matter of chance.
Many questions still surround this accident. What could have caused it? Poor road conditions may have caused this wreck – for all we know, there may have been a large pothole that has already caused three prior accidents, or maybe there’s a blind curve with a missing warning sign. If that is the case, there may be a lawsuit available against the city/county/state. Such a lawsuit would allow the injured person to receive compensation and hopefully prevent future accidents on that stretch of road. Maybe the car was recently brought in for a tune-up, and the mechanic replaced the steering mechanism carelessly, and the car lost steering. These things do happen, and when someone is seriously injured, a competent Oregon personal injury attorney can investigate and find out what truly happened. Usually at no cost. For more information on what to do in the case of an Oregon accident, contact our office or read 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case.
Date: October 13, 2009
Location: Mountain View Apartments, 1840 Molalla Avenue, Oregon City, Oregon
Names: [Not released]
(Photo courtesy of Clackamas Fire District No. 1)
Residents of the Mountain View apartment complex in Oregon City, Oregon, were awoken at 3:26 AM, October 13, 2009, from an accident in which a Jeep crashed into the apartments and became lodged in the building. When Oregon City Police officers arrived, they found the driver trying to restart his vehicle and leave the scene. A witness told KATU.com that officers had to threaten the man with a stun gun to get him out of his vehicle. They then took the driver into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants.
The driver, whose name was not released, was not injured in the crash, and no apartment residents were injured.
Damage was extensive, forcing four families from their homes, wiping out a support column, and destroying an entrance and a stairwell. According to KATU.com, the entire building shook from the impact. Access to the four damaged units was blocked by the wreckage, and residents had to be evacuated with ladders.
KATU.com says investigators believe that, after exiting a parking lot, the driver tried to turn a corner at high speed. His Jeep then apparently went up on two wheels, crossed a grassy area, and rebounded off a power pole before plowing into the apartments’ exterior stairwell.
Crews from Clackamas Fire District No. 1, including Heavy Rescue 4 and Truck 15, worked for several hours to shore up the front of the building and make it safe until a construction team could arrive to begin rebuilding the concrete and steel stairway.
The Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross was called to the scene to arrange temporary housing for the damaged units’ tenants. Residents of the four affected units will not be able to return until construction is complete and power is restored.
While this accident certainly points outs the dangers of driving while impaired, police also issued another caution. KGW.com says police specifically reminded drivers to keep their eyes on the road and avoid texting or talking on the phone.
It only takes a second for an accident to happen. Distracted driving kills thousands every year, and injures even more. That is why we welcome Oregon’s new law to ban the use of handheld devices while driving. It is ban we believe will save lives, but we hope everyone will start putting it into practice now. It’s not just cell phones though. It’s little distractions that take our eyes away from the road for just a second, adjusting the radio, picking something up, turning around to talk to a passenger. Driving is dangerous; do not ever be fooled.
Date: September 18, 2009
Location: Interstate 84 near Milepost 377, Ontario, Oregon
Name: John M. Stacey
An Idaho man escaped serious injury September 18, 2009, when his 1972 GMC motorhome went up in flames. John M. Stacey, 49, was driving west on Interstate 84 near Ontario, Oregon, when a fire started in his motorhome’s engine compartment, quickly spreading before it could be extinguished by an Ontario Fire Department crew.
According to news accounts, Stacey was able to maneuver his motorhome to the side of the road and climb out before fire enveloped the vehicle. The motorhome was destroyed in the blaze.
One lane of westbound traffic on the Interstate was closed for about half an hour as emergency personnel fought the flames. Ontario Fire Department and ODOT assisted at the scene. Oregon State Police troopers are investigating the fire.
We are thankful and relieved to hear that Stacey escaped serious harm, and hope he is able to return to his travels soon. As Stacey recovers from the shock of the fire, we hope he consults a skilled personal injury attorney, who can help examine exactly what happened and assist Stacey as he navigates the judicial system.
As Portland injury attorneys, we believe it is important to reach out to accident victims, not as ambulance chasers, but to offer free, no-obligation information and practical advice. Therefore, we are offering Stacey a complimentary copy of our book, 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case. This book will help in his dealings with the legal side of things, without having to get a lawyer involved prematurely. We hope this book will assist Stacey as he recovers, and we send him our best wishes.
Date: October 11, 2009
Location: Highway 99, Roseburg, Oregon
Names: Laura Jane Jarvis, Eli Baker
Drivers on Highway 99 in Roseburg, Oregon, were stunned October 11, 2009, by the nightmarish appearance of a driver heading west in the eastbound lanes. The driver, Eli Baker, 36, of Roseburg, crashed into two other vehicles, sending three people to the hospital. Baker was driving in the wrong direction “for an unknown reason,” Oregon State Police trooper Kevin Van Atta told KPIC News.
Baker first crashed into a Ford F-150 truck driven by Laura Jane Jarvis, then a Toyota truck driven by an unnamed woman. Jarvis and a passenger were taken to the hospital, as well as the Toyota’s driver. Troopers told KPIC.com that their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. The crash took place in Roseburg’s Green District, near Winery Lane, just east of Kelly’s Corner.
Along with the state police, responders to the accident site included Winston Police, Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies, Winston-Dillard Fire District, Douglas County Fire District No. 2, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Traffic was restricted to one lane in each direction for over an hour after the crash.
Our thoughts go out to those injured in the accident, and we wish them a speedy recovery. The accident could have been much worse, and are amazed they were not.