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Good Response and Saab saved him

Saab 9-3 crash

Head-on collisions are an often fatal type of road traffic collision. U.S. statistics show that in 2005, head-on crashes were only 2.0% of all crashes, yet accounted for 10.1% of U.S. fatal crashes.

Fortunately, a few days ago this collision was avoided thanks to the good reactions of young Saab driver.

A Portland teenager who drove Saab considers himself fortunate that he and his friend walked away without a scratch after an oncoming vehicle crossed the center lane and forced him to drive into a ravine filled with trees.

Saab crash

The fact that the vehicle behind him had a dash camera is just downright lucky. “It was really fortunate the guy behind me was recording, otherwise nobody probably would have believed me – you know – they’d just think I was driving fast,” Riley Read said Monday for KPTV. Read said he and his friend both got out of the car unhurt, and then learned the car driving behind them caught the near head-on collision and crash on his dash camera video.

Off road Saab

Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the crash and looking for the SUV that crossed the double line forcing Read to swerve. Read said he believes the SUV is a white or gray Lexus 330 RX that was built sometime between 2003 and 2007.

See below for footage from the scene (from dash camera):


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