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Two unusual auto accidents in Westmoreland

by: ERIC NORBERG - In this June 12th mishap, the vehicle wound up sideways to both directions of traffic, hanging on the concrete median of McLoughlin Boulevard just north of S.E. 17th.Just before 4 pm on the afternoon of Thursday, June 12, as rush hour was building, a vehicle that was apparently northbound on S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard managed to wind up at right angles to both directions of travel, high-centered on the concrete median just north of S.E. 17th. No injuries were reported, and there was no immediate explanation for how the car got into this predicament, but the inside lanes in both directions of McLoughlin were shut down until the vehicle was dislodged and removed – by 5:11 pm. A few days earlier, it took two tow-trucks and a two-hour blockage of S.E. Milwaukie Avenue between Insley and Mitchell to haul a red SUV back up out of Oaks Bottom, after it took an abrupt turn and went over the side at 7:18 pm on Friday night, June 6. The drop was only about 20 feet, and the driver received only minor injuries, according to officers at the scene – but it was unclear just what caused this odd one-car accident. The investigation lasted most of the evening.