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Crash on Highway 30 sends 3 to hospital

Woman trapped in vehicle among three injured

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Columbia River Fire & Rescue and Scappoose Fire District crews pull a woman from her car Friday afternoon, April 1, after a crash that sent the driver and two others to a nearby hospital. The woman was trapped in her car for more than 45 minutes.Three people were transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, after a Mazda CX-5 struck a Knife River company Ford F-250 utility truck Friday afternoon on Highway 30 near Slavens Road.

Westbound traffic on the highway was backed up for more than an hour shortly after 1 p.m. Friday, as crews from Columbia River Fire & Rescue and Scappoose Fire District worked to extricate the driver of the Mazda, who was trapped inside for more than 45 minutes. The passenger of the Mazda, another adult woman, was also hospitalized, along with the man driving the utility truck.

Oregon State Police is investigating the cause of the crash, which caused extensive front-end damage to the truck and left the Mazda irreparable.

Eric Smythe, a division chief with Columbia River Fire & Rescue, said the drivers and passenger are expected to survive their injuries.

It's unclear what caused the crash, but witnesses told OSP and fire crews that the Mazda may have struck the truck as it pulled out into oncoming traffic.

"We were told the car was coming off the highway and pulled in front of the utility truck," Smythe said on scene. "The truck was traveling at highway speeds."

Debris and vehicles were still being cleared from the scene at 2 p.m.