Update: Victims identified in Saturday Molalla River crash
Two died and three were injured when car plunges off 100-foot cliff into the Molalla River.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has now released the names of those involved in a crash Saturday that left two dead and three injured when the car plunged 100 feet into the Molalla River.
The driver, Alexandra Alexandrova Samoilov, a 19 year-old women from Canby, and the front-seat passenger, Marina Toran, a 19 year old woman from Salem, died as a result of the crash. The three rear passengers, all men, were transported to the hospital and their conditions are unknown at this time. They are identified as Feudosii T Semerikov 21, from Gervais; Dennis Frolov 22, from Atmor, Alberta, Canada, and Antip Alagoz, 20, from Plamondon, Alberta, Canada. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. It is unknown if alcohol was a factor, said Sgt. Nate Thompson, a CCSO spokesman.
The accident happened Saturday night when the car driven Samoilov went over a 100-foot cliff into the Molalla River.
At about 8:05 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a single-vehicle traffic crash on South Molalla Forest Road at about mile post 7.5 south of Molalla.
Deputies said five people were in the vehicle, and the driver and one passenger died in the crash. The cause of the deaths and extent of the passengers' injuries is unknown at this time. Two people however, were taken to Portland area hospitals by the Life Flight helicopter and the third injured passenger was transported to an area hospital by ambulance, deputies said.
At least one passerby rendered aid to the injured passengers at the crash scene until deputies arrived. Two deputies climbed down the embankment and rendered aid until the injured passengers were safely pulled up the embankment by rescue personnel.
The fast water and the steep embankment created a hazardous rescue operation for both the crash victims and first responders. Personnel from the Sheriff's Office's Marine Unit and Dive/Rescue Team coordinated with the Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium to rescue the three injured people using specialized equipment.
The Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium is comprised of personnel from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas Fire District, Gladstone Fire Department, Lake Oswego Fire Department, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Estacada Rural Fire District, Canby Fire District, Sandy Fire District, and American Medical Response.
Although rescue personnel have left the scene, the crash is still being investigated by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office. The names of the deceased are being withheld pending family notifications.