Highway 213 head-on collision sends two to OHSU
One driver was taken by LifeFlight helicopter and another was transported by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital after a head-on collision on Highway 213 near South Macksburg Road.
The driver of a Dodge Avenger was taken by Life Flight helicopter to Oregon Health & Science University Trauma Center on Monday afternoon following a head-on collision with another car near the intersection of Highway 213 and Macksburg Road outside Molalla.
The collision occurred about 3:25 p.m. just south of Arrowhead Golf Club and in front of the Liberal Country Store.
Emergency personnel with Molalla Rural Fire District No. 73 transported a second driver of a Kia Spectra by ambulance to OHSU.
The Kia Spectra was in the southbound lane and apparently crossed over the center line, grazing an oncoming dump truck before colliding with the northbound Dodge, said Molalla Fire Chief Vince Stafford at the scene.
The force of the crash propelled the Dodge into the grassy ditch next to the northbound lane, while the Kia and most of the debris from the collision settled in the northbound lane.
At 4 p.m. a Life Flight helicopter landed in a field on the east side of the highway about 150 yards from the accident, at which time additional Molalla Rural Fire District personnel helped carry the driver of the Dodge on a stretcher to the helicopter.
Oregon State Police are in charge of the investigation. Officers with the Clackamas County Sheriffs Department also responded and helped direct traffic, which was diverted to a single lane.
At least four Molalla Fire District emergency vehicles responded. The highway was closed to through traffic while the LifeFlight helicopter was at the scene.