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Public safety — Four injured in collision that temporarily blocked traffic on Highway 240 this week

Oregon State Police investigated a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Tuesday, which injured four people on Highway 240 about five miles west of Newberg.

by: PHOTO COURTESY OF OREGON STATE POLICE - A two-vehicle crash on Highway 240 about 5 miles west of Newberg temporarily blocked traffic on Tuesday. Four people were injured in the accident, while a fifth passenger was unharmed.

At approximately 5:05 p.m. that day, a 1990 Plymouth four-door driven by Andres B. Classen, 20, of Milwaukie, was eastbound on Highway 240 near milepost 7 when it traveled onto the soft highway shoulder, according to a news release from OSP.

Police reported that Classen over-corrected and lost control as he was trying to bring the car back into the traffic lane, causing his vehicle to spin into the westbound lane, where it was struck in the rear by a westbound 2004 Ford pickup driven by Cindy J. McClain, 54, of Lafayette.

Classen and right rear passenger Sarah Gillania, 19, of Sherwood, were transported by ambulance to Providence Newberg Medical Center with minor injuries. Left rear passenger Joseph Bareither, 21, of Waterville, Wash., was transported by LifeFlight helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with non-life threatening injuries. An additional male passenger was not injured.

McClain was transported by ground ambulance to Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville with minor injuries.

The crash temporarily blocked traffic on Highway 240. OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by local emergency responders.

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