Three youths die in fatal crash on Springwater Road
Students from the Estacada School District were involved in a two-vehicle car accident in which three people died and two were injured.
Around 9 p.m. Monday, May 31, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the incident, which occurred at the intersection of Springwater and Redland roads near Milo McIver State Park.
Sheriff's deputies and Clackamas Fire found two vehicles with heavy damage at the crash scene.
A witness told deputies that a black sedan was reportedly traveling on Springwater Road when the driver appeared to lose control of the vehicle. The sedan crossed the center line of the road and collided with a white Ford F350 pickup moving in the opposite direction.
The black sedan was occupied by five people, ages 14-18. Two of the passengers were declared dead at the scene. Another passenger was transported to a local hospital by Life Flight and later declared deceased at the hospital. The driver, 18, sustained a punctured lung and is being treated at a hospital. A fourth passenger, 17, is also being treated at a hospital with unknown injuries.
Authorities said the names of the youth victims will not be released at this time.
Estacada School District leaders said counselors from the district and around the region will be available to support students.
"The Estacada School District is deeply grieved to learn of a tragic car accident involving students from our district and community," the district said in a Facebook post. The district encourages families to reach out if their child needs additional support. "The Estacada School District stands ready to help the Estacada community as we grieve together."
The Ford pickup was driven by a 27-year-old man who did not require medical attention and cooperated with authorities.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said the incident is still under investigation. The Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office and the Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Technicians (CRAFT) team also responded to document the scene, conduct witness interviews and collect and process evidence.
The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information about the crash. Anyone with additional details is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line at by calling 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at clackamas.us/sheriff/tip. Reference CCSO Case # 21-011344.
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