Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a crash last Wednesday involving a passenger car and unloaded log truck on Highway 202 just east of Birkenfeld.

According to OSP Trooper Jessica Spurlock, on June 5 at approximately 6:47 a.m., a 2002 Ford Escort driven by Sarah Naeve, 26, from Birkenfeld, was eastbound on Highway 202 when it crossed the centerline into the path of a westbound 2000 Kenworth truck driven by Robby Tovey, 28, of Hillsboro. Tovey was unable to avoid the oncoming car and both vehicles collided nearly head-on.

Naeve was initially transported by Mist-Birkenfeld Fire Department personnel to a nearby landing zone where LifeFlight responded to. She was taken by air to Oregon Health & Science University with possible serious injuries.

Tovey was not injured.

Both drivers were using safety restraints, and the car’s airbags deployed.

OSP is continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash, including looking into the possibility that bright sun conditions may have been a factor in the crossover collision. The highway was blocked for about one hour after the collision.

County asks: Where do roads need work?

Washington County’s Department of Land Use & Transportation is inviting the public to propose candidates for small-scale road improvements. To be eligible for the “Minor Betterment Program,” the proposed improvement must address a safety or connectivity issue on a county road.

Proposals submitted by July 15 will be considered by the MBP selection committee. Projects selected by the committee will be included in the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget request submitted to the Washington County Board of Commissioners for approval in June 2014. Construction would occur in fiscal year 2014-2015. Proposals received after July 15 will be added to the MBP list for consideration by the 2015-2016 selection committee.

A list and a map of proposed MBP candidates are available online. Candidates may be proposed by submitting an online form or by contacting the county’s operations and maintenance division at 503-846-7623.

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