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Firefighters lift car off man struck by two vehicles

UPDATE • Victim riding a bicycle improperly changed lanes, colliding with two cars
by: Courtesy of PFR Eight Portland firefighters lifted a 3,200-pound PT Cruiser off a man who was pinned under it after a Thursday morning accident on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Eight Portland firefighters lifted a car off a seriously injured 30-year-old bicycle rider Thursday morning after two cars struck the man on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Grand Avenue.

Portland police said Samuel Guthrie was riding south on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in the right lane and collided with a car as he changed lanes. The collision threw Guthrie into the path of a second car, pinning him on the pavement.

He was freed by the firefighters and taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he was being treated for serious injuries.

Police also cited Guthrie for an unlawful lane change and improper use of a traffic lane.

The accident happened at about 6:39 a.m. Jan. 5 when witnesses reported an accident with a man pinned beneath a PT Cruiser. Witnesses said the man riding a bicycle was struck by one vehicle on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and then hit by the Cruiser, pinning him face down on the road.

Firefighters with the city's Heavy Rescue unit arrived and a paramedic crawled under the vehicle to begin treating the injured man. Because of the man's serious injuries, firefighters realized they didn't have much time to use equipment to free the victim. Eight firefighters lifted the 3,200-pound vehicle as two firefighters moved the pinned man to an awaiting ambulance.

'It wasn't pretty, but it worked,' said firefighter Mick Held, a 16-year Portland Fire Bureau veteran.