Crash causes truck to burst into flames
Two people were injured in a Oregon Route 551 (Wilsonville-Hubbard Highway) crash that caused a box truck to erupt in flames Wednesday afternoon north of Hubbard.
Aurora Fire District Lt. Bill Hansen said a Woodburn Ambulance responded to the scene at about 3 p.m. and discovered the vehicle fire. The ambulance crew alerted dispatchers and additional resources were sent to the area.
AFD responded to the fire and were apprised that someone may still be in the burning truck. Serious injuries were also reported, and a Life Flight helicopter was dispatched.
Hansen said AFD crews extinguished the truck fire and a surrounding brush fire and confirmed that there was nobody inside the burning vehicle, so crews immediately began extricating an injured victim from the second vehicle. AFD was assisted by Hubbard Fire District crews, which deployed a Jaws-of-Life tool to cut the vehicle apart.
The victim was transported to an area trauma hospital via Life Flight.
The driver of the box truck was transported by Woodburn Ambulance to an area hospital with unknown injuries.
"There were a total of two vehicles involved, two people transported, and no other victims reported," Hansen noted.
In addition to Aurora and Hubbard fire districts, response came from Woodburn Fire District, Canby Fire District, Woodburn Ambulance, Life Flight, Oregon State Police and ODOT.
The highway was closed in both directions during the incident, and the crash is is currently under investigation by Oregon State Police.
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