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Semi crash south of OC causes serious injury

by: PHOTO COURTESY: OREGON STATE POLICE - A seriously injured 25-year-old's Toyota Camry lies crumpled at the side of Carus Road after hitting the semi in the background.An enforcement action is pending after a crash involving a passenger car and a commercial truck on Friday morning caused a serious injury on Highway 213 at Carus Road, south of Oregon City.

The highway is closed while ODOT coordinates removal of involved vehicles and hazardous-material responders finish cleaning up approximately 200 gallons of diesel spilled from the commercial truck's diesel tanks.

Here’s how Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings describes the incident:

On Jan. 11, at approximately 7:53 a.m., a 1998 Toyota Camry four-door driven by Michael Jason Warn, 25, from Taft, Ore., was northbound on Highway 213 near milepost 7 when it crossed the centerline and collided into the driver side of a southbound 2008 Freightliner truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with hazardous chemicals. After impact, the Toyota came to rest on its wheels in northbound-side ditch, and the truck and trailer came to rest partially blocking the highway.

Warn was extricated by Clackamas Fire District No. 1 firefighters and transported by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Safety-restraint use is pending confirmation.

The commercial truck's driver, Troy L. Huston, 45, from Vancouver, Wash., was not injured. He was using safety restraints.

OSP troopers were also assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies. OSP Trooper Scott Kinch is the lead investigator, and icy road conditions are not believed to have been a factor.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: OREGON STATE POLICE - The Vancouver, Wash., driver of this semi was not injured in a Friday morning crash south of Oregon City.




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