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K-9 officer involved in three-car crash

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Tigard Police Officer Cameron Odam is off duty after he was involved in a three-vehicle car crash on Southwest Scholls Ferry Road on Monday.A Tigard police officer is out of the hospital after his patrol car was involved in a three-vehicle crash earlier this week.

Officer Cameron Odamwas driving his squad car along Southwest Scholls Ferry Road near 121st Avenue at about 3:45 p.m. on Monday when another vehicle crashed into his car.

Odam was heading eastbound along Scholls Ferry Road on his way back to the Tigard Police Station after undergoing a training in Hillsboro, according to Tigard Police spokesman Jim wolf.

According to Wolf, a car traveling westbound came out of its lane, passing into the eastbound lanes, crashing into the side of Odam’s vehicle, as well as another vehicle traveling behind him.

The driver of the westbound vehicle, 21-year-old Aaron Weight, was cited for careless driving and failure to drive within a lane.

Odam and the driver of the other eastbound vehicle were taken to local hospitals. The third driver was checked by first responders at the scene, but did not require medical attention.

Odam has been an officer in Tigard for the past 13 years. He became the city’s lone K-9 officer in 2010.

Baxter, the city's police dog, was not in the vehicle at the time of the crash, Wolf said.

If he had been, the vehicle has a reinforced cabin cage for its K-9s, which would have reduced injuries to the dog, Wolf said.

Odam was released from the hospital on Monday. He remains off duty, Wolf said. There is no word yet about his return to work.

Until he does, Wolf said the department will utilize K-9 teams from neighboring agencies, such as Beaverton, Lake Oswego and Sherwood police, as well as the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

In a statement from police, Odam thanked bystanders who quickly jumped into action and assisted following the crash.

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