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Johnson injured in crash, absent from Legislature

JohnsonSen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, is recovering from surgery after a low-impact traffic crash in Scappoose resulted in a broken pelvis April 22.

It is not clear yet how long the state senator will be off her feet and away from her office, but colleagues hope she is able to return soon.

The Legislature is in full swing and Johnson serves as co-vice chair on the Ways and Means Committee tasked with developing a budget for the state.

Richard Devlin, D-Tualatin, co-chair for the Ways and Means committee, said fortunately, they are in phase two of the budget process with three weeks to a month to go before the more difficult bills, including the state School Fund and Department of Corrections bills, come before the legislators.

While Johnson’s help and expertise is needed, the crash occurred when she was already on schedule with other duties, he said.

“In a tragic circumstance, it’s probably not bad timing,” he said.

Johnson, 62, also is co-chair of the Transportation and Economic Development Committee.

Given Johnson’s work ethic and energy, Devlin said she will likely be back on her feet sooner than anyone expects, adding that she’s probably trying to work from her hospital bed right now.

Johnson was driving to Salem for work at 7 a.m. April 22 when she appears to have struck a car in front of her.

A Scappoose police report indicates Johnson’s Chevy Trailblazer had front damage while an Audi suffered rear end damage.

Police were en route to another call when they came upon the accident southbound on U.S. Highway 30 near Havlik Drive.

The driver of the Audi was not injured, according to Scappoose Police Lt. Norman Miller, but Johnson was taken by ambulance to a Portland hospital.

An April 24 update on Johnson’s Facebook page says a four-hour surgery went well.

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