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Weather to blame for Highway 26 accident

Three sent to hospital after head-on crash


Oregon State Patrol troopers said weather conditions Monday afternoon were to blame for a head-on crash that injured three people and snarled traffic for hours on Highway 26 near Kelso Road just east of Highway 212.

Troopers said Tuesday that the accident was caused when a 2003 Toyota Sequoia driven by Shauna L. Mortenson was traveling westbound on Highway 26 during heavy rain and a hailstorm.

The Toyota lost control and crossed the median and into the eastbound lanes of Highway 26. The Toyota then crashed head-on into a 1998 Chrysler minivan driven by June Wheat.

Mortenson, 28 of Rhododendron, was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. An adult passenger of Mortenson’s was seriously injured and taken to a local hospital. Two children in the vehicle were uninjured. Wheat, 59 of Sandy, was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.

The eastbound lanes of Highway 26 were closed for about two and a half hours.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Boring Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted state troopers. An investigation is ongoing.