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Mount Hood climbers injured in Hogsback fall

Emergency personnel responded to three climbers who fell in the Hogsback area of Mount Hood Saturday morning.

Two climbers were injured enough they had to be evacuated by a Oregon National Guard helicopter. Portland Mountain Rescue was able to assist the third climber down the mountain under his own strength.

The climbers rescued from Mount Hood on Saturday were Portland residents Brian Carlson, 39, and his wife Michelle Carlson, 43. Brian suffered a broken leg and Michelle broke both ankles.

The couple was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center by Air National Guard helicopter. Their conditions were not immediately released.

The third climber is Hillsboro resident Karthik Jambunathan, 29, who had minor injuries. He was able to walk down with assistance and was not hospitalized.

Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies assigned to the county’s search and rescue team, along with Portland Mountain Rescue personnel, responded to the Jan. 31 incident, which was reported around 11 a.m.

Rescue personnel were already in the Hogsback area training at the time of the fall, according to officials.

Initial reports indicated two of the three climbers were injured. A woman suffered two fractured ankles and one of the men suffered a fractured leg.

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