Horses, 4 people injured as tanker truck, RV collide

by: Vern Uyetake, Four people were injured Wednesday morning at the intersection of Southwest Mountain and Stafford roads as tanker truck, RV collide.

An empty River City Environmental septic waste disposal tanker truck and a motor home towing a horse trailer collided head-on at Southwest Mountain and Stafford roads in Clackamas County early Wednesday.

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue spokeman Storm Smith said there were two people in each vehicle; all four were taken to Oregon Health and Science University, two with life-threatening injuries. It took 35 minutes to free one victim, Smith said, as the cab of the motor home had collapsed and the victim was entwined in the wreckage.

Firefighters had to cut away the steering wheel and parts of the dash before using hydraulic tools to remove the victim without additional injury.

A veterinarian examined the horses at the scene. They suffered cuts and bruises but were otherwise fine, according to Clackamas County sheriff's deputies.

Deputies closed the intersection for more than two hours and rerouted traffic after the accident.

An investigation was ongoing Wednesday afternoon.