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Two pinned in cars with serious injuries NE Portland crash

A car accident can turn a good day into a terrible day in an instant. Two people were pinned in their cards and sustained serious injuries in a multi-vehicle crash that occurred early in the morning in Northeast Portland earlier this month.

Police and emergency fire crews responded to a report of the crash that occurred at Northeast 82nd Avenue and Killingsworth Street just after 6 a.m. According to police reports, a Jeep Grand Cherokee was making a U-turn when it was hit by a Mitsubishi sedan and then by a Toyota pickup truck. Both of the vehicles that hit the Jeep were traveling eastbound on Killingsworth.

The drivers of both the Mitsubishi and the Jeep were reportedly pinned in their vehicles and were taken to hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Toyota was treated and released.

Killingsworth was closed in both directions while the emergency crews worked to rescue the two drivers. According to a firefighter's report, the Mitsubishi driver went through the dashboard of his car during the crash and firefighters had to use hydraulic spreaders and cutters to tear the car away and rescue him. The Jeep driver was described as a male in his 20s, and the Mitsubishi driver was described as a male in his 30s.

Killingsworth remained closed for several hours for the crash investigation, and no charges were included in initial media reports. In many cases, a complete crash investigation can take quite awhile, and charges can often be delayed for months until all of the evidence regarding the crash is procured. If it is found that a driver's negligence caused this crash, criminal charges as well as personal injury civil suits may follow.

Source: KATU.com "Two people pinned in cars after NE Portland crash," Dec. 8, 2011

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