by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: WCSO - Washington County sheriff's deputies are investigating an alcohol-related crash Monday night that severely damaged both vehicles involved. Washington County sheriff’s deputies are investigating an alcohol-related crash on Monday that seriously injured a Bethany man.

Deputies responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision just after 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Northwest West Union Road and Neakahnie Avenue in Rock Creek.

Deputies learned a 2012 GMC Acadia driven by Edward Thompson, 86, of Rock Creek collided with a 1999 Dodge Dakota driven by Richard Crowder, 58, of Bethany.

An initial investigation revealed Thompson was traveling westbound on West Union Road and turned left, attempting to enter Neakahnie Avenue. His vehicle pulled into the path of Crowder, who was traveling eastbound on West Union Road.

The two vehicles collided in the eastbound travel lane.

“Mr. Crowder was pinned inside of his vehicle, and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue had to cut him out,” said Sgt. Bob Ray, sheriff’s office spokesman. “He sustained serious lower-extremity injuries.”

He was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

Thompson received minor injuries and was transported to the hospital, Ray added.

Both vehicles sustained major damage.

“Investigators believe that Mr. Thompson was under the influence of alcohol, which is considered to be a factor in this crash,” Ray said. “Mr. Thompson may face criminal charges after the investigation is completed.”

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team responded and is assisting in the investigation due to the severity of injuries and possible criminal charges, he added.

West Union Road was closed for six hours to complete the initial investigation.

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