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Man missing after truck crashes into Collawash River

A Tigard woman was injured and a Woodburn man is missing after police say that a pickup truck plunged into into the Collawash River in Clackamas County early Sunday morning.

Irinei Burkoff, 26, of Woodburn, has not been seen since the pickup truck he was traveling in crashed into the river.

According to deputies, a 19-year-old Tigard woman was driving the pickup truck east of Estacada on Forest Service Road 63, which leads to the Bagby Hot Springs, at about 3:28 a.m. Sunday when she lost control of the vehicle.

The truck left the roadway, went down an embankment and crashed into the river.

The woman and one of the passengers — a 15-year-old girl in the passenger seat — were able to swim from the truck and reach safety.

A witness saw the crash and drove half an hour to the Timber Lake Job Corporation near the Ripple Brook Ranger Station to call 911. The Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium responded to the scene.

Deputies found the 15-year-old girl on the far side of the river and sent a boat across the river to rescue her. Both women were taken to a local hospital. Deputies said the women were not seriously injured.

Burkoff was also in one of the passenger seats, deputies said. The woman told police she did not see Burkhoff get out of the vehicle and believed he was trapped inside.

The vehicle was completely submerged in the Collawash River. According to the Sheriff’s office, the roof of the truck was under 2 to 4 feet of water and the fast-moving current prevented divers and water rescue crews from finding if anyone was trapped inside.

Search and rescue crews searched the banks of the river, but saw no signs that the man had left the river. By Monday, divers were able to recover the vehicle and remove it from the river. Burkhoff was not inside.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office has not released the names of the woman or girl, pending notification of families.