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Both crashes injure drivers; one family still missing dog after crash last week

PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - On Saturday, April 7, a two-vehicle crash at Neer City Road and Highway 30 sent four people to the hospital and left the road closed while emergency crews were on scene. The family is still searching for their dog, Thor, who went missing after the crash.Between April 7 and April 9, Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews responded to two car crashes in the same area in Rainier at Neer City Road and Highway 30.

On Saturday, April 7, Columbia River Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the area of a two-vehicle crash, which left four St. Helens residents injured.

According to Oregon State Police logs, the 46-year-old driver of a vehicle left her lane of travel on the highway and collided head-on with a Ford Expedition SUV travelling the opposite direction. Three people, ages 52, 49 and 22, were in the Ford, along with three German Sheppard dogs at the time of the crash.

Following the crash, two of the three dogs were located, but the third dog, Thor, remains missing. Several family members have organized searches in the area and have used social media to share photos of the dog in an effort to locate him.

The 46-year-old driver was transported by LifeFlight for serious injuries, while the other three passengers were transported by ambulance for minor injuries, according to OSP.

OSP said alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

The highway was closed in both directions while crews worked to extricate someone that was trapped in one of the vehicles.

Another crash was reported Monday, April 9, around 12:50 p.m. in the same area.

The driver of a car was on the highway waiting to turn left, when the car was rear-ended by another vehicle traveling in the same lane. The driver of the car turning left was transported to the hospital for minor injuries.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

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