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Another odd crash with no apparent cause; perhaps it amounted to distracted driving

DAVID F. ASHTON - The curb and median strip on S.E. Powell Boulevard didnt stop this SUV, but a steel street lighting pole at 64th Street did. Although this smash-up happened during the early snowy weather on Friday, December 16, officials said this single-vehicle crash on S.E. Powell Boulevard near 64th Avenue had nothing to do with the bad weather.

For reasons that still remain unclear, the driver of an eastbound Chevy Blazer SUV drifted out of the traffic lane, drove over the curb and into the median, and was finally stopped by a steel street lighting pole in the middle of the boulevard.

The impact was sufficient to deploy the airbags in the truck.

"We've called PGE to come take a look at the pole, it seems to be leaning a little," a Portland Police officer remarked at the scene.

The officer didn't speculate for THE BEE why the driver involved in this single-vehicle accident had wrecked his vehicle; but he seemed quite clear that it had not been some routine snow accident. No injuries were reported.

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