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Collapse closes dock at Chinook Landing


Three hurt when gangway drops 12 feet; cause remains under investigation

Access to a boating dock on the Columbia River at Chinook Landing Marine Park is closed as Metro and local authorities investigate why a gangway collapsed on Saturday, June 22, injuring two Troutdale residents.

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - A dock at Chinook Landing Marine Park is closed after it collapsed last weekend.“We are working with the state Marine Board to get a plan to have folks out on the site to investigate the cause and make early repairs,” said Jim Middaugh, a Metro spokeperson.

The collapse happened at approximately 3:20 p.m. on a metal ramp that connects a wooden walkway to a dock on the water.

Police said a man and a woman were running and jumping on the dock before the gangway collapsed, according to a Metro incident report.

The metal ramp broke off from the wooden walkway on shore, dropping 12 feet onto rocks below.

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - A gangway broke from a wooden walkway on shore at Chinook Landing. The man and woman on the ramp fell, missing the water and injuring their legs.

The two were taken by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Both are in fair condition according to a nurse at the hospital.

A boy who was fishing off the side of the ramp also was hurt, according to a KOIN 6 report. He scraped his ankle when the dock broke.

Middaugh did not have information on the condition of the dock before it broke.

The dock, which stays busy with the start of summer and fishing, now is blocked by yellow caution tape and closed to the public until the investigation is complete and appropriate repairs can be made.

“Our primary concern is ensuring all users (of the dock) remain safe,” Middaugh said.

The dock is home to the marine park’s sewage pump-out station.

Chinook Landing Marine Park, a 67-acre marine park with six launching lanes on the Columbia River, is one of the largest public boating facilities in Oregon, according to Metro’s website.

The park offers picnic and viewing areas, wetland and wildlife habitat, disabled-accessible docks, restrooms and a seasonal river patrol station.

The rest of marine park, including the boat launch, remains open.