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Motor home crash leaves Estacada family homeless

No one injured in the wreck


Pamplin Media Group

An Estacada family is homeless after an out-of-control tractor-trailer destroyed their motor home Tuesday, Aug. 9. The wreck occurred in Troutdale.

A flatbed semitrailer struck the vehicle occupied by Becky Ginsbach, her 21-year-old daughter, Meaghan, and 16-month-old grandson while they were stopped on northbound Southwest 257th Avenue in the left turn lane, waiting to turn the corner onto Southwest Halsey Street.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Steve Alexander said the driver of the semi was unable to stop as he sped down hill on wet pavement toward the crossroads, causing the back of his truck to weave and tear through the rear side of the motor home as he slid through the intersection. Miraculously, the family survived.

“It was God,” Becky Ginsbach said. “There’s no other explanation why we’re still here.”

The driver of the semi, 37-year-old Dharminder Gill of Surrey, British Columbia, was cited for reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

“His carelessness cost us pretty much, well, everything,” Ginsbach said of the driver of the semitrailer.

“We worked very hard to be self-sufficient. We worked hard to survive,” Ginsbach added, “and in a heartbeat he took it all away.”

According to Becky, the Ginsbachs had been living in the 19-foot Ford Rollalong motor home since April after a rental property landlord raised their rent by more than $1,000 a month.

For the time being, the Ginsbachs are staying with a friend, and trying to assess the damage. However, they can’t stay there permanently, and are looking for a new place to call home.

The Ginsbachs have raised more than $1,500 on a GoFundMe page, which is available online at gofundme.com/2j3qmak.