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Two-vehicle crash injures woman during Hood to Coast race

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - A van full of Portland to Coast Walk Relay participants was struck from behind Friday morning during a two-vehicle crash. One woman was injured in the back of the van and transported to the hospital. A woman was hospitalized Friday morning after a van she was in was struck just south of Scappoose High School during the Portland to Coast Relay.

The van collided with a silver Chevrolet Cruze at 11:37 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, on Highway 30 in Scappoose.

A woman riding as a passenger in the van suffered head and back injuries when the driver of the Chevrolet reportedly hit the back of a van with six relay team participants inside.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Firefighters and bystanders talk to one of the drivers involved in the crash. The woman reportedly struck the other vehicle from behind.The woman injured was from the Wonder Woman team, a group of about a dozen women from Vancouver, Wash. who were driving to the a hand-off point of the relay when they were hit. She was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital.

Several airbags in the sedan were deployed, but the driver was not hospitalized.

Witnesses said the van driver hit the brakes, and the Chevrolet slammed hard into the back of the van. Witnesses also said the driver of the rear vehicle was angrily yelling after the crash.

Westbound and eastbound traffic on Highway 30 had been slowed, but the crash site is now clear.

"We're one man down. There's no way we could continue the race," Marian Croteau of Team Wonder Woman said Friday after the crash. She and her teammates convened at a nearby gas station after the crash.