Two people were sent to Oregon Health and Sciences University Thursday afternoon after their vehicle was reportedly struck by a pickup truck on Barnards Road at the intersection of Dryland Road. Traffic on Barnards Road is currently blocked in both directions at the intersection as of 1:40 p.m.
According to Deputy Darren Kuehl, a silver Chevrolet Silverado with Idaho plates was traveling westbound on Barnards Road when it struck a silver Mercedes C300 sedan on the driver's side that for some reason traveled southbound into the intersection when it was waiting at the stop sign.
"What I know so far is that the Mercedes was heading south on Dryland Road here, was stopped, and the Silverado was heading west on Barnards, and for some reason, whether her foot came off the brake or whatever, the Mercedes creeped out into Barnards Road," Keuhl said.
"The Silverado attempted to go around and miss her, that's why he's over here (Keuhl pointed to the truck on shoulder of the south side of Barnards Road)," he said.
The Silverado appeared to strike the Mercedes at the front axle of the driver's side, missing colliding directly with the driver by inches. The roof of the vehicle had to be cut off to extract the passengers for medical transport.
Both the driver, a female, and the passenger, a male, of the Mercedes were transported to OHSU for injuries. Keuhl said they were both conscious and speaking with him at the scene of the accident, however, so he does not know the extent of their injuries. The driver of the Silverado was uninjured.
Keuhl said there likely won't be a citation issued, and that the intersection should be cleared up and traffic let through by around 2:30 p.m., possibly a little later.
More information will be added to this story as it becomes available.
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