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Car accident takes life on Black Friday

Nobody ever expects to be involved in an accident, but when car accidents occur during the holidays, the consequences seem even more tragic. A Portland family is mourning the loss of a young woman after a multi-vehicle crash.

The car accident occurred early in the morning on Black Friday. Portland police responded to a crash involving a tractor-tractor on Northeast Columbia Boulevard in Portland at approximately 7 a.m. A semi-truck was reportedly travelling eastbound on the road when it collided with a gray sport utility vehicle traveling northbound on 47th Avenue. Upon impact, the SUV rolled over onto its top. The driver of the semi-truck lost control of the vehicle, crashed into a third car, and then overturned. The crash left the road closed in both directions for approximately eight hours.

When firefighters arrived at the scene of the car accident, the 26-year-old driver of the third car was found dead. Neither of the other drivers was injured in the accident. What made the scene most difficult for firefighters was the third car, which was considered the most damaged, contained car seats for children and shopping bags inside. They presumed the 26-year-old driver was a young mother who had been out shopping early on Black Friday.

No charges had been reported at the time of the news report, but the Major Crash Team was investigating this multi-vehicle crash. If negligence is found on the part of any of the surviving drivers, the family of the deceased woman may choose to seek compensation in civil court.

Source: KGW, "Woman killed in NE Portland crash," Nov. 25, 2011

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