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Woodburn man missing, two women injured after truck crashes into Collawash River


A 26-year-old Woodburn man is missing after a truck crashed and submerged in the Collawash River in Clackamas County early Sunday.

Two teenage women in the truck were hospitalized with minor injuries.

The names of the victims were not immediately released.

According to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, the pickup went off the Forest Service Road 63 that leads to Bagby Hot Springs around 3 a.m. on Jan. 24.

A passerby spotted the crash, then drove 30 minutes to a phone. The call came from the Timber Lake Job Corporation near the Ripple Brook Ranger Station.

Sheriff's deputies and members of the Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium responded to the scene. They found the driver, a 19-year-old Tigard woman, on the bank near the road. A 15-year-old girl was on the other side of the river. Water rescue personnel used a rapid deployment craft to ferry across the river and rescued her.

The driver told deputies she was driving the vehicle when she lost control and went off the roadway. She said the female on the other side of the river was the middle passenger, and it is unknown where she is from.

The driver said she and the other women were able to get out of a window and swim to shore. They did not see the male get out and believed he was still in the vehicle.

Both women were taken to a hospital but their injuries were not serious.

Search and rescue personnel searched the river banks for the male passenger but were unable to locate him.

The CCSO says the pickup was completely submerged and the current was very strong. The roof of the vehicle was two to four feet under water. Water rescue teams could not safely check for the missing passenger. Divers are expected to resume their search on Monday.

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