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Intersection crash near Powell rolls SUV

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One vehicle had a green light; the other had NO light, at the pedestrian signal


DAVID F. ASHTON - As they gather information about the T-bone crash, officers examine the smashed Lexus and overturned Toyota 4-Runner.Late rush-hour traffic was snarled on S.E. Chavez Blvd (Formerly S.E. 39th) near Powell Boulevard on Thursday, December 1, when a two-vehicle crash at 6:14 p.m. left a Toyota 4-Runner SUV on its side in the middle of the road.

A witness told THE BEE he saw this crash unfold as he was coming down the hill, traveling south Chavez from S.E. Kelly Street: "The 4-Runner was about a half block ahead of me as we came up to Franklin Street.

"A [westbound] Lexus came out into the intersection, causing the SUV to swerve, but not enough to miss it; and it clipped the 4-Runner, which it rolled onto its side and slid to a stop."

This intersection has a pedestrian traffic control signal to halt traffic on Chavez Boulevard; but only stop signs control traffic on S.E. Franklin Street.

The witness said he stopped and ran up to the SUV to check on the driver. "The woman inside was conscious, but not doing very well," he reported.

Woodstock Fire Station 25's Ladder Truck crew were able to extract her from the overturned vehicle without the need to use their powerful Holmatro Rescue Tools, said the Bureau's Public Information Officer, Sgt. Rich Tyler.

"Firefighters broke out the sunroof with a window punch, and safely pull the 30-year-old female from the Toyota," Tyler reported. "The victim wasn't entered into the trauma system, but was transported to an area hospital by ambulance, as a precaution, for medical evaluation."

Interestingly, the crash was not severe enough for the airbags in the Lexus IS 250 to deploy; the driver stayed at the accident site and cooperated with police.