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Twin Inner Southeast smashups mar May Day afternoon

by: David F. Ashton After an extraction from this upturned SUV, Portland Fire & Rescue firefighters stabilize the victim on a backboard, ready for transport at the complex intersection of S.E. Powell Boulevard, S.E. 50th Avenue, and S.E. Foster Road.

Details about these two wrecks remain sparse, other than they occurred almost simultaneously on Sunday, May 1, at about 5:30 pm in two different Inner Southeast locations.

Along S.E. 72nd Avenue, a man was taking his family for some recreation and pool fun at the Mt. Scott Community Center.

At S.E. Carlton Street, a front-side impact accident ended those plans in an instant, witnesses told THE BEE, when a gold Ford Aerostar minivan blew through a stop sign and smashed into the family's white Honda Odyssey.

After the crash, the Ford popped over the curb and was stopped in the front yard of a home by a neighbor's fence. The victim Honda narrowly missed a utility pole, and ended up in the same homeowner's side yard.

'A pregnant female was thrown from a vehicle and was bleeding from the head,' said Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Lt. Robert King. She evidently had been a passenger in the Ford.

'Arrested in this accident was operator of the the Aerostar, 43-year-old Angela J. Dixson,' King continued. 'She's charged with DWII, Reckless Driving, two counts of Reckless Endangering, Driving while Suspended, and Driving Uninsured.'

Meantime, about 20 blocks away, at the complex intersection of S.E. Powell Boulevard, S.E. 50th Avenue, and S.E. Foster Road, a second traffic-stalling, roll-over collision occurred, involving another minivan, an SUV - and a bicyclist.

Bystanders gathered on the sidewalks as THE BEE watched Portland Fire and Rescue firefighters and paramedics help victims from the upturned Toyota Sequoia, and from what appeared to be a Chrysler minivan.

On the sidewalk, a bicyclist was talking with officers, telling how her bike had been damaged in the accident.

Witnesses offered conflicting reports of what had happened, and Lt. King reported that details of this accident were not available at press deadline.