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Sandy police officer injured in traffic crash

Monday's pre-dawn crash occurred just east of Sandy on Highway 26
by: contributed by Oregon State Police This Toyota pickup collided with a Sandy police car early Monday morning when the officer was in the process of making an emergency U-turn, with lights flashing, across Highway 26 just east of Sandy.

A Sandy police officer received non-life-threatening injuries Monday morning at approximately 4:46 a.m. in a two-vehicle crash near Langensand Road and Highway 26, just east of Sandy.

Manolo Herrera-Montiel, 37, was transported by ground ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center. The other driver, Jonathan J. Crain, 23, of Bend, was not injured, according to Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings.

Initial reports indicate the officer, who was parked on the eastbound side of the highway, had observed a traffic violation with a westbound vehicle.

He reportedly turned on his overhead emergency lights and proceeded to make a U-turn into the westbound lanes, when Crain's eastbound vehicle collided with the left front of the police vehicle.

Hastings said he had interviewed Herrera-Montiel at the hospital, and said the injuries appeared to be relatively minor, but he could not provide any details because of federal regulations on medical conditions.

However, at a public meeting of the Sandy City Council on Monday night, Police Chief Kim Yamashita responded to questions from the council.

'(The doctors) didn't see any broken bones,' she told the council, 'just some soft tissue and ligament damage. So he should be fine; he's just going to be sore for a while. And he's at home.'

Herrera-Montiel, who has been a Sandy police officer for five years, had been listed in fair condition midday Monday by hospital staff, but was released later in the day.

The crash investigation is continuing, and no other information on the crash is available at this time.

Oregon State Police troopers are investigating the crash. Sandy police officers, Clackamas County sheriff's deputies, Sandy Fire and Rescue personnel and the Oregon Department of Transportation are assisting.

The highway was closed for a time immediately after the crash, but one lane in each direction was opened a short time later.

Witnesses to the crash assisted for a time at the scene but left before investigators could interview them. State police troopers are asking anyone who saw the crash to call OSP Trooper Kimberly Long at 503-731-3020, ext. 414.