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State police investigate Brightwood traffic crash

One driver was transported by LifeFlight to OHSU


Oregon State Police officers are investigating a crash that occurred Wednesday near Brightwood and caused serious injuries.Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: OREGON STATE POLICE - Highway 26 was closed while Oregon State Police was assisted by Hoodland Fire, Clackamas County Sheriffs Department and ODOT.

At around 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, a 1994 Ford pickup was traveling eastbound on Highway 26 near E. Wildwood Avenue when it traveled across the center turn lane and into oncoming traffic. The truck collided head on with a 2004 Subaru Legacy, according to state police. After impact, the pickup rolled before coming to rest on its side.

Oregon State Police, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Hoodland Fire Department and ODOT responded to the scene.

The driver of the car, John M. Fletcher, 18, from Battleground, Wash., was extricated and transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health and Science University with critical injuries. OHSU reported Thursday that Fletcher was still in critical, but stable, condition.Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: OREGON STATE POLICE - Following the crash, both drivers were transported to OHSU, one by LifeFlight.

OSP reported that he was wearing a seat belt and the cars air bags deployed.

Trevor E. Hughes, 26, from Rhododendron, who was driving the Ford pickup, was transported by ground ambulance to OHSU where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

The highway was reopened to traffic after 5 p.m. Wednesday.