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Lights Out: One Dead

Unfortunately, this accident caused the death of a Portland police officer. The wreck involved a Honda Accord and a dump truck. The crash occurred while the officer was on his way home from work; he, apparently, didn’t see the truck in enough time to stop.

The dump truck was stalled in the north traffic lane. The trucker couldn’t get the vehicle to work properly again; it required a re-start. So the driver turned off the lights and attempted to restart the vehicle. When the vehicle restarted, it rolled backwards into the northbound lane and, at that point, the 1996 Honda Accord, driven by a Portland Police bureau criminalist, slammed into the back of the truck. Tragically, the Honda driver was pronounced dead at the scene by responding EMS crews.

Several questions need answering in this case: Why didn’t the dump truck driver put out flares or pull over onto the shoulder? Why didn’t he flag down another vehicle down for call for help? And why did he turn out the lights? By doing so, he turned the truck into an unable-to-be-seen deadly object.

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