Accident closes Rock Creek intersection for hours

by: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Alcohol is a suspect factor in this Monday crash.One man was seriously injured in an alcohol-related crash in the Rock Creek area Monday afternoon.

Rock Creek resident Edward Thompson, 86, may face charges in the accident, which occurred at the intersection of Northwest West Union Road and Northwest Neakahnie Avenue.

Bethany resident Richard Crowder, 58, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Thompson was also treated at the hospital for minor injuries.

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a reported two vehicle crash on at 6:37 p.m. on Dec. 3. It occurred in an area of the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD).

When they arrived, the deputies discovered that a 2012 GMC Acadia driven by Thompsonhad collided with a 1999 Dodge Dakota driven by Crowder. The investigation revealed that Thompson was traveling westbound on Northwest West Union Road and turned left attempting to enter Northwest Neakahnie Avenue. Thompson turned into the path of Crowder, who was eastbound on Northwest West Union Road. The two vehicles collided in Crowder's travel lane.

Crowder was pinned inside of his vehicle and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue had to cut him out. He sustained serious lower extremity injuries and was transported to Emanuel Hospital.

Thompson received minor injuries and was transported to the hospital.

Both of the vehicles sustained major damage.

Investigators believe that Thompson was under the influence of alcohol which is considered to be a factor in this crash.

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

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

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