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Sleepy driver pops power poles on SE 82nd Avenue

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - PGE Crewmembers evaluate the damage, and make a plan of actionThere weren’t any skid marks on the road after a 1997 Ford Taurus was involved in a one-car crash which took out utility poles – and power – on S.E. 82nd Avenue at Clatsop Street on Wednesday, May 22nd, at 2:36 am.

“Reports show that the driver fell asleep at the wheel,” said Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.

The car didn’t look badly damaged before it was towed, Simpson commented. And, the driver wasn’t badly injured, considering the impact of the crash.

However, thousands of households in the area woke up without electricity that morning. Portland General Electric crews arrived at daybreak, and power was restored by 10:30 am.

It looked at first as though rush hour traffic would come to a standstill, but the commuter traffic was routed around the workers.

“There was no arrest made or citations given in this crash,” Simpson said.