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Four injured in Highway 26 crash

Van collides with truck carrying propane tanks; none explode

SANDY - Four people received non-life threatening injuries and one person was not injured in a two-vehicle head-on crash Friday afternoon on Highway 26 just east of Sandy.

At about 1:30 p.m. April 20, Sandy resident Ann M. McMichael, 42, was driving her 2006 Toyota van eastbound in the left lane of Highway 26 near milepost 26, when the vehicle crossed the centerline into the left westbound lane. As a westbound Ford truck transporting two propane tanks swerved to the eastbound lanes to avoid the van, the van swerved back to the eastbound lane. Both vehicles collided head-on in the inside eastbound lane.

After impact, the truck rolled onto its side in the ditch bordering the eastbound lanes. The van stopped in the middle of the highway.

McMichael and her three child passengers received non-life threatening injuries. All four were transported by AMR ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. They were using safety restraints.

The truck's driver, Eagle Creek resident James Sollis, 53, was using safety restraints and was not injured. The truck is registered to Ferrell Gas. Neither propane tank leaked. One was empty and had a capacity of 500 gallons. The second was estimated 120 gallons and was reported 3/4 full. A small amount of diesel spilled from the truck's tank into the ditch.

Oregon State Police troopers, assisted by Sandy Police and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, are completing the investigation. McMichael will be cited for crossing the center line on a two-way, four-lane road.

Additional scene assistance was provided by the Sandy Fire District, AMR and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

One lane in both directions was to be reopened about 3 p.m. A detour was established for both directions using Vista Loop Road.