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Third and fourth crashes along Hwy. 47 within a week send two to hospital

A pair of crashes in different spots on Highway 47 within 20 minutes resulted in two people being transported to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries Wednesday night.

According to Forest Grove Fire Marshal Dave Nemeyer, the first call for help came in at 8:40 p.m. April 22. That incident involved two cars crashing "T-bone style" at the intersection of Highway 47 and Maple Street in Forest Grove.

"It was a classic crash for that intersection," which has seen numerous accidents in recent years, Nemeyer said. Three people were injured, with one "needing transport [to a hospital] for what we suspect was a really badly broken clavicle," he added.

Just as that crash was cleared by emergency responders and crews were being sent home, a second call came in at 8:58 p.m., this time for a crash at the intersection of Highway 47 and Greenville Road south of Banks.

"That one was on the north side of the highway," said Nemeyer, who described the accident as "between two cars, head on."

Several teenagers were riding in one of the cars, but Nemeyer said he didn't know whether they were from Forest Grove or Banks. One person involved in the crash was transported by ambulance to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Nemeyer said.

Those two crashes were the third and fourth in less than a week at different spots along Highway 47 in Washington County.

A Carlton woman died Saturday, April 18, after being hit while riding her three-wheeled motorcycle at the intersection of Highway 47 and Southwest Old Highway 47 between Forest Grove and Gaston. And on Monday, April 20 -- two weeks after the one-year anniversary of the double-fatal crash in the same spot that killed Pacific University students Ayan Osman and Kiden Dilla -- a two-car accident at Highway 47 and Verboort Road sent two people to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

State and county transportation officials are working to replace that intersection with a roundabout, which is expected to improve traffic flow and reduce the severity of any collisions due to the lower speeds it requires. Construction is due to begin in 2016.


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