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Three vehicles crash on South Highway 213

by: CORY MIMMS - The scene of the crash on South Highway 213, on Wednesday, Feb. 12.A crash on South Highway 213 at around 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, involving two pickups and a Roth Heating and Cooling van sent one person to the Trauma Center at OHSU and left others with minor injuries.

Darren Baker, of Oregon City, was test driving a white Chevy 4x4 1500 pickup, driving east on South Dryland Road, near Molalla. He said he was traveling about 25 miles per hour and failed to see the stop sign at the intersection of South Dryland and South Highway 213.

The owner of the Chevy (whose name is yet to be released) yelled “stop, stop,” Baker said. Baker said he hit the brakes and the brake pedal “went to the floor.”

The Chevy smashed into the driver’s side of a 2007 one ton Dodge 3500 traveling north on Highway 213. Bethany and Larry Lael, who own Lael’s Moon Garden Nursery in Rochester, Wash., were in the Dodge.

by: CORY MIMMS - The Dodge Bethany and Larry Lael were traveling in. The Lael's pulled themselves from the vehicle and suffered only minor injuries.The Dodge started spinning, said Bethany Lael, who was driving the vehicle. “It’s a little blurry,” she said, trying to remember what happened.

The Dodge spun, rolled and landed upside down in a muddy field on the west side of Highway 213, with the roof smashed in. Bethany Lael said she was traveling about 40 miles per hour.

Bethany and Larry Lael unbuckled their seatbelts and climbed out of the Dodge, suffering only scratches and bruises in the crash.

“Seatbelts saved our lives,” Bethany Lael said, looking at the smashed vehicle. “We just made the last [car] payment.”

The driver of the Roth Heating and Cooling van, Trevor Smith, said he saw the Chevy blow through the stop sign. Smith, who was traveling south on Highway 213, said he hit his brakes when he saw the Chevy, but he wasn’t certain if it was the Dodge or the Chevy that hit him.

The van came to a stop in the ditch on the east side of Highway 213. Smith was uninjured.

Baker and the owner of the Chevy weren’t wearing their seatbelts, Baker said. Both of them were thrown from the vehicle, through the passenger side window, Baker said. Baker said he remember the crash only in “flashes.” He said he thought he landed on the owner of the Chevy, who was taken to OHSU code 3 (lights and sirens). Baker declined to go the hospital, though his arm was bleeding.

“You can laugh or you can cry,” Baker said, “and I cry too much as it is … Thank God nobody died.”

by: CORY MIMMS - The intersection of South Dryland and South Highway 213 shortly after a Chevy pickup failed to stop at the stop sign on South Dryland, causing a three-car accident.



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