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Pile up on Highway 43 sends four to the hospital

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Emergency personel treat one of the victims of a chain rear-ender Monday on Highway 43 near Mary S. Young Park. The crash blocked the road for more than an hour.

Highway 43 was blocked for more than an hour Monday while emergency personnel from three ambulances and two fire engines treated four victims of a chain rear-ender near Mary S. Young Park.

While Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Lake Oswego Fire and Rescue and AMR ambulance personnel were stabilizing patients, giving them trauma care and placing them in the waiting ambulances, Public Works employees assisted West Linn police by directing a clog of traffic alternately into one lane.

The first victims, a 24-year-old man from Aloha and his 26-year-old male passenger from Tigard, were in a SUV stopped in traffic. Stopped behind the SUV was a convertible sports car driven by a 63-year-old West Linn man. Without warning, the sports car was struck from behind by a sedan driven by a 63-year-old Damascus woman.

The force of the impact was so great, according to West Linn Police Sgt. Neil Hennelly, that the sports car was violently pushed into the back of the SUV.

All four occupants were treated at the scene, strapped to back boards and transported to area hospitals for treatment.

The reason that the Damascus woman did not stop before the crash is still under investigation, Hennelly reported at noon Tuesday.

Also assisting Hennelly at the scene was West Linn Police Officer John Huntsman.