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Van lands upside-down on Clackamas County pickup

No one was injured Tuesday morning when a van came to rest against a power pole upside-down on top of a pickup and trailer owned by Clackamas County along Highway 211 north of Eagle Creek, according to the Oregon State Police.

{img:16817}Senior Trooper Jim Neufeldt reported that, on July 23 at approximately 7:22 a.m., 21-year-old county employee Jace Bateman of Oregon City was driving a 2002 Ford pickup pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with highway advisory signs. As the pickup crested the top of a hill northbound on Highway 211 west of Tickle Creek Road, it collided into the driver's side of a Dodge van attempting to cross Highway 211 from east to west. After impact, both vehicles ended up on the east side of the highway with the van on its top resting against the back of the pickup, trailer and a power pole.

Bateman, driving a Clackamas County government-owned vehicle, and the driver of the van, 30-year-old Sandy resident Elizabeth Mendez Ramirez, were both using safety restraints.

Lt. Gregg Hastings said OSP was assisted at the scene by Eagle Creek Fire Department and ODOT. PGE and Frontier Communications personnel came to the scene to assess any damage to electrical and phone lines.