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Rollover crash sends six to hospital

None of the teens were wearing seatbelts and two were ejected in the crash.


by: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Six teenagers were injured when this SUV rolled multiple times Saturday on Family Camp Road outside Molalla.Six young people heading out on a camping trip were injured in a rollover crash near Molalla Saturday evening and taken to Portland hospitals, including two flown by Life Flight helicopter.

At about 7:20 p.m. an SUV rolled over multiple times on South Family Camp Road, said Denise Everhart, of the Molalla Fire District. None of those in the car were wearing seat belts and two of the passengers were ejected.

The driver, 18-year-old Tashne West, of Mulino, told authorities she was driving five friends in her family's 1993 Ford Bronco to go camping. West said she was driving about 25 mph when the vehicle began accelerating on its own, so she tried pushing on the brakes to slow it. She was unable to stop the vehicle, so she pulled off to the side of the gravel road, which caused the vehicle to roll, said Sgt. Paul Coleman of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

A 17-year-old male passenger said the vehicle rolled over his hip and arm, and another 17-year-old male passenger said the vehicle came to rest on his knee, but his friends were able move the vehicle off of him. The other passengers were Ashley Burkey, 19, of Canby; Nick Bartell, 18, of Canby; and a 16-year-old boy, Coleman said. by: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - None of the occupants were wearing seatbelts and two were ejected in the crash.A passerby drove three of the young people to meet with responding emergency service personnel, including members of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Molalla Fire Department and Molalla Police Department. 

Earlier, Everhart said, the Molalla Fire District paramedics had just responded to an accident at 6:38 p.m. on Comer Creek Road at South Highway 213 near Silverton. A man in his 40s riding an ATV, without a helmet lost control of the vehicle and hit a rock, she said. He was taken by Life Flight to OHSU hospital.

“While we were in the ambulance with the Life Flight crew for that call (before flying him to the hospital), a second call toned out,” she said.

That call, which was the rollover crash, came from Sawtell Road past Family Camp Road. Clackamas County Sheriff’s Deputies found the accident and reported three people with injuries, she said. Molalla Medic 82 was the first unit on scene. They took two patients, one male and one female, to the Sawtell Fire Station, where they flew the male to Emmanuel Hospital (via the same life flight helicopter that had taken the previous patient from the ATV crash). Medic 82 took the other patient to OHSU. Molalla Medic 81, coming to the scene from the previous accident, arrived at the rollover crash and paramedics decided to Life Flight a second patient. A Life Flight 7 came from Longview to take that patient to the hospital, she said.

Coleman said all of the occupants were conscious, breathing and mobile when paramedics arrived. Due to the remote location and mechanism of injury, two occupants were transported to the hospital by Life Flight helicopter, and everyone else was taken to local area hospitals by ground transportation.  Alcohol was determined not to be a factor in the crash, but Coleman said this serves as a reminder to always wear your seat belt.




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