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Wrong-way driver causes head-on crash

Highway 26 shuts down near Sylvan Road as officers investigate

Hillsboro police are investigating a wrong-way driver incident on Highway 26 that resulted in a three-car crash early Saturday morning.

On Sept. 6 at about 2 a.m., Hillsboro Police Department (HPD) officers responded to a report of a vehicle stopped and facing eastbound in the westbound lanes of travel of Highway 26 to the east of Northwest Cornelius Pass Road, according to Lt. Mike Rouches, spokesman for HPD.

The first arriving officer found the vehicle, a black Hyundai passenger car, occupied by a 57-year-old female driver. The Hyundai then accelerated and drove away from the officer eastbound in the westbound lanes of travel.

Additional HPD officers pursued the vehicle in the eastbound lanes, but the driver refused to stop.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Beaverton Police Department officers assisted with attempting to stop the vehicle and shut down westbound traffic on Highway 26.

Approximately one-quarter mile west of the Sylvan Road exit, the Hyundai, traveling in the oncoming passing lane, struck a white Volvo SUV head-on. The impact of the crash caused the vehicle following the Volvo, a green Nissan passenger car, to crash. The 27-year-old male driver of the Volvo, and the 42-year-old male passenger of the Nissan, were all transported to area hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The 57-year-old female driver of the Hyundai was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with a broken back, ribs and hip. She remains hospitalized and is expected to recover.

Preliminarily, investigators believe that drugs or alcohol were not factors in this crash. No citations have been issued, Rouches said.

Westbound Highway 26 was closed at the Sylvan Road off-ramp from 2 to 5:30 a.m. as investigators from the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction team completed their investigation.


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