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Update: Name released in Scholls-Sherwood crash


by: TVF&R - The van fell down a 20 foot embankment. Firefighters safely negotiated downed power lines to care for the injured person.by: TVF&R - A Life Flight helicopter lands as TVF&R crews work to remove a person trapped in a van, Tuesday afternoonA Tigard man received non-life-threatening injuries after his car drove off a 75-foot embankment, crashing upside-down outside of Sherwood, Tuesday afternoon.

Gary Gattucio, 71, of Tigard, was driving alone in the 2004 Kia van on Southwest Scholls-Sherwood Road near Southwest Lebeau Road when he somehow lost control and struck a power pole.

The crash brought down the pole and sent the van careening off the edge of the road, down a steep ravine.

The van rolled three or four times before landing on its hood in the rural area north of Sherwood, according to Sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Boy Ray.

Sheriff’s deputies found the van at about 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, about 75 feet down the steep hill.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews found TVF&R crews found live power lines blocking the roadway when they arrived on scene, and had to use ropes to pull the man back up to the road, because of the steep terrain.

A Life Flight helicopter transported Gattucio to Oregon Health & Science University hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was discharged from the hospital later that day.

Power was lost to several homes in the area Tuesday afternoon.

Portland General Electric replaced the broken power pole, and repaired two additional poles brought down by the crash.

The road remained closed until about midnight, Tuesday, as investigators and cleanup crews worked to repair the damage.

The cause for the crash remains unknown, Ray said, but the case is still under investigation.