Crashes and collisions involving tractor trailers, 18-wheelers, and other big rigs occur with unfortunate regularity in Portland. Due to the large size and bulk of these vehicles, truck accidents have the potential to impact other motorists on the road. Two recent truck accidents in the general area highlight some common concerns when crashes do occur and provide a valuable lesson for all drivers.
Icy Roads Blamed for Truck Accident and Explosion Outside of Portland
Over the cold weather months, many Portland residents venture to surrounding areas in search of skiing, snowshoeing, and other winter adventures. However, before taking to the road it is important to be aware of weather conditions and to use extra caution in cases of ice or heavy snowfall.
On January 7, 2019, KOIN TV-5 News reported that a truck accident attributed to icy roads led to two deaths and an explosion that sent flames shooting 50 feet up into the sky. The accident occurred in the early morning on Highway 18 near milepost 57, which two semi trucks collided with one another. Another motorist, who was not able to stop in time, ended up crashing into the back of one of the trucks. The impact led to a fiery explosion, leaving both truck drivers dead and the motorist with serious injuries.
The incident illustrates how dangerous icy roads can be. It also emphasizes how important it is to give truckers plenty of room when traveling on the same roads, particularly in adverse weather. Providing plenty of space between you and them can help protect you from being impacted if a truck accident does occur.
Fire Officials Warn Public About the Dangers of Live Wiring
Portland fire officials used another truck accident which occurred several days prior as a way of warning the public of the dangers when truck accidents and other collisions involve utility poles. Patch reported that on January 3, 2019, both police and fire officials responded to an incident near the 4300 block of Northeast 148th Avenue. A garbage truck had struck a power pole but as the driver attempted to exit the vehicle, police warned him to stay inside.
Unknown to the driver, he was surrounded by live power lines, which could cause a fatal electrocution if he came into contact with them. Officials ordered the driver to stay put until Portland General Electric could be notified. Fire officials made a public statement about the truck accident, warning motorists to be alert to the dangers whenever power lines are impacted in a crash or collision and to watch for signs the area is clear before exiting their vehicles.
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