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Car impaled on Highway 99W

by: COURTESY OF OREGON STATE POLICE - A woman was seriously injured Wednesday morning after her car crashed nto the back of a utility trailer.A woman is being treated for life-threatening injuries at Oregon Health & Science University after crashing her car into the back of a utility trailer on Wednesday morning.

According to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, a woman traveling northbound on Highway 99W near Garland Road, south of Sherwood, crashed into a utility trailer being pulled by a dump truck at about 6:45 a.m.

The dump truck was hauling a large backhoe on the trailer at the time of the crash.

Multiple 911 callers reported the crash, saying a woman slammed into the trailer at a high rate of speed, impaling the car onto the back of the trailer.

The trailer dragged the car for a short distance before the truck's driver came to a stop.

According to TVF&R, first responders reported that several feet of the trailer smashed inside the car’s passenger compartment.

The driver, whose name was not released, was trapped inside the vehicle. Firefighters and paramedics from both Newberg Fire District and TVF&R were able to extract the woman from the vehicle.

She was taken by Life Flight helicopter to OHSU with life-threatening injuries.

No one else was in the car at the time of the crash, officials said.

The northbound lanes of the highway were closed for about an hour.

Oregon State Police are investigating the crash.




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