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Truck wreck knocks out power to 7,700 customers

Multnomah County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who crashed a pickup truck into a power pole, causing an outage on Sunday night.

A white 1994 Ford F-250 was heading north on Southeast 172nd Avenue just south of Foster Road at 8:57 p.m. Sunday, April 22, when the driver lost control on a curve and flipped the vehicle, said Lt. Jason Gates, Multnomah County Sheriff's office spokesman. It rolled two to three times before colliding with a power pole, sheering off the pole and downing power lines.

According to a witness driving south on 172nd who passed the truck moments before the crash, the truck's driver maneuvered around one S curve, but turned too much on the second curve. The witness also estimated the motorist was driving 70 to 80 mph and that the truck rolled at least three times.

The truck's driver crawled out of a broken window into the truck's bed, hopped over the edge and ran east into a large field, leaving his passenger behind.

Mason F. Dixon, 26, of East Multnomah County was treated for minor injuries and released from Portland Adventist Medical Center.

Dixon, who deputies noted was visibly intoxicated, did not cooperate with deputies and refused to identify the driver. The vehicle is registered to a relative of Mason's.

Canine deputies searched the scene, but did not find the driver.

The crash caused a power outage that affected about 7,700 customers. Power was restored to about 2,700 customers by 3 a.m. Monday, April 23, with power to the remaining 5,000 customers restored by 4 a.m., said Steven Corson, spokesman for Portland General Electric.

The crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information about it or the driver is encouraged to call the Multomah County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-261-2847.