Woman Collided with Water Bureau Truck on SW Barbur
Date: November 25, 2013
Location: Southwest Barbur Boulevard, Portland
Police report that a woman, whose identity has not been verified, was traveling on Southwest Barbur Boulevard around 2:30 in the afternoon. As she approached the intersection of Southwest Barbur and Southwest Miles Street, she collided with a Portland Water Bureau truck. The 2006 Ford minivan she was in caught fire and the fire eventually spread to the hillside.
Police report that an eyewitness attempted to help the driver of the minivan, but was unable to get her out of the vehicle. The driver of the Water Bureau truck involved attempted to help as well, but their attempts were unsuccessful. The minivan driver died at the scene. The driver of the truck was not injured.
At this time, the accident is still in the preliminary investigation stages. The police believe it is possible the minivan driver crossed the center line of the road, though it is not known why.
ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton was reported as saying this stretch of road has serious problems with accidents. In 2012, there were 129 accidents, which is 50% higher than the rest of the crash rates on Portland streets. While there are plans to expand crosswalks and sidewalks, no plans regarding making the road safer for vehicles were mentioned.
We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the woman killed in this accident. We hope that something is done to make this roadway safer, to avoid tragedies like this in the future.
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