Three people were taken to the hospital as the highway was closed in both directions at Aerts Road.

COURTESY OF THE WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Three vehicles were involved in a collision on Highway 6 on Wednesday that left three people hospitalized.Three people were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 24, following a multiple-vehicle crash on Highway 6 east of Banks, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The crash took place just before 4 p.m. near Aerts Road. The highway was closed in both directions due to debris in the roadway, the Banks Fire District reported.

The closure extends from Highway 26 to Aerts Road.

COURTESY OF THE BANKS FIRE DISTRICT - A photograph of the scene of the crash on Highway 6 near Aerts Road shows multiple damaged vehicles and debris scattered across both lanes of travel.Deputy Jeff Talbot, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said three vehicles were involved in the collision, which appeared to have been caused by an "unsafe pass, which turned into a head-on collision."

Three people suffered serious but apparently non-life-threatening injuries, Talbot said. Another person involved was examined but not transported to the hospital.

One of the three patients transported to Emanuel Legacy Medical Center following the crash was a minor, according to Scott Adams, a Banks Fire District spokesman.

The vehicles involved were two sedans and a small SUV, according to Talbot.

"Enough force was exerted between the two head-on vehicles that the entire engine of one of the vehicles was stripped from the vehicle, thrown over the guard rail and landed 30-50 feet from the scene," Adams wrote in a statement. "Banks Fire Personnel had to extricate patients from both head-on vehicles, removing the roof of one of them and the door/side posts from the other."

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and take alternate routes due to the closure and emergency responders at the scene. The highway will likely remain closed for several hours, the Banks Fire District stated shortly after 5 p.m.

The crash was one of several reported across Washington County on Wednesday afternoon. Earlier in the afternoon, a dump truck reportedly rolled over on Tongue Lane east of Blooming, closing one lane and leaving the driver with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Cornelius Fire Department.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional information on the crash, victims and emergency response from the Banks Fire District. KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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