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Three injured in head on crash during police chase

Photo Credit: HILLSBORO POLICE DEPARTMENT - These three vehciles were damaged in a head on collision on Highway 26 early Saturday.Three people were injured in a head on crash during a police chase on Highway 26 in Hillsboro early Saturday.

The names of the victims were not immediately released.

According to the Hillsboro Police Department, at about 2:00 a.m. on Sept. 6, officers responded to a report of a vehicle stopped facing eastbound in the westbound lanes Highway 26 to the east of Northwest Cornelius Pass Road.

The first arriving officer found the vehicle, a black Hyundai passenger car, occupied by a 57-year-old female driver. The Hyundai then accelerated and drove away from the officer eastbound in the westbound lanes of travel.

Additional HPD officers pursued the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop. Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies and Beaverton Police Department officers assisted with attempting to stop the vehicle and shut down westbound traffic on Highway 26.

Approximately one-quarter mile west of the Sylvan Road exit, the Hyundai, traveling in the oncoming passing lane, struck a white Volvo SUV head on. The impact of the crash caused the vehicle following the Volvo, a green Nissan passenger car, to crash.

The 57-year-old female driver of the Hyundai was transported to Emanuel Hospital with a broken back, ribs and hip. She remains hospitalized and is expected to recover.

The 27-year-old male driver of the Volvo and the 42-year-old male passenger of the Nissan were all transported to area hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. They were treated and released.

Preliminarily, investigators believe that drugs or alcohol were not factors in this crash. No citations have been issued at this time.

Westbound Highway 26 was closed at the Sylvan Rpad off-ramp from 2:00 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. as investigators from the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction team completed their investigation.

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