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'Domino effect' accident knocks out power in NW Portland

by: PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE - No one was injured in this dangerous looking accident Tuesday morning.A bizarre Tuesday morning accident knocked out power in part of Northwest Portland.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue, a chemical truck trying to pull out of the way of a tanker truck in the area of Northwest 14th Avenue and Marshall Street accidentally hit a "guide line" connected to a power pole; when the truck pulled forward the line brought down one pole and it's lines and then created a domino effect on the surrounding poles and lines.

Fire crews were dispatched to the scene at 11:36 a.m. They arrived to find a tanker truck, a chemical truck and two smaller vehicles draped in power lines and one vehicle completely crushed by a transformer.

After the crews confimed that their were no injured or trapped victims in the area, they shut down pedestrian, vehicle and Portland Streetcar traffic to prevent any contact with the power lines. PGE crews were called to the scene and had power shut off to the power lines.

Power was affected in the immediate area and PGE officials predicted it wound not be restored until Tuesday evening. In the meantime, 14th Avenue was shut down between Marshall and Northrup while PGE crews cleaned up the downed lines and poles.