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Power Poles Prove Problematic For Truckers In Gresham


Just hours after a chain reaction crash that toppled a power pole in Gresham, Oregon, trapping a trucker for hours and leaving thousands without electricity, a student driver in the same city hit and snapped another power pole.

Speeding Motorist Causes Crash That Traps Trucker For Three Hours

The first incident occurred around 3 a.m. at the intersection of Northeast 183rd Avenue and Halsey Street. A Honda was reportedly speeding as it was traveling west on Halsey Street when the driver lost control. The Honda crossed four lanes of traffic and crashed into a power pole, sending it crashing down on top of an eastbound semi.

The trucker was trapped by high tension wires inside his rig for about three hours before crews could rescue. him.

All four people inside the Honda were injured, one seriously. The truck driver was not hurt.

The crash cut off power to about 3,500 customers.

Charges are pending against the 24 year old Honda driver, Benjamin Crawford.

Student Truck Driver Runs Afoul Of Power Pole

Just after noon, a second crash occurred in Gresham, this time at the intersection of 181st Avenue and Glisan. A student truck driver tried to make a right turn and hit a power pole, snapping it in half.

No injuries were reported. The crash shut down Glisan for hours while crews repaired the damage.

Oregon Live


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