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Van lands upside-down on Clackamas County pickup

No one was injured in this crash on a rural highway south of Sandy


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: OREGON STATE POLICE - After impact, both vehicles ended up on the east side of Highway 211 with the van on its top resting against the back of the county pickup, trailer and a power pole.No one was injured Tuesday morning when a van came to rest against a power pole upside-down on top of a pickup and trailer owned by Clackamas County. One of the drivers is from Sandy and the other from Oregon City. The crash occurred along Highway 211 south of Sandy, according to a press release from the Oregon State Police.

Senior Trooper Jim Neufeldt reported that, at 7:22 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 21-year-old county employee Jace Bateman of Oregon City was driving a 2002 Ford pickup pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with highway advisory signs. As the pickup crested the top of a hill northbound on Highway 211 west of Tickle Creek Road, it collided into the driver's side of a Dodge van attempting to cross Highway 211 from east to west. After impact, both vehicles ended up on the east side of the highway with the van on its top resting against the back of the pickup, trailer and a power pole.

Bateman, driving a Clackamas County government-owned vehicle, and the driver of the van, 30-year-old Sandy resident Elizabeth Mendez Ramirez, were both using safety restraints.

Lt. Gregg Hastings said OSP was assisted at the scene by volunteers of the Eagle Creek station of the Boring Fire Department and personnel of the Oregon Department of Transportation. PGE and Frontier Communications personnel also came to the scene to assess any damage to electrical and phone lines.