A head-on crash east of Cornelius resulted in six people being taken to the hospital with injuries Saturday evening, Nov. 17, one of whom later died.
Al Hera Islam, 25, of New Jersey died at the hospital despite receiving medical attention at the scene of the crash on Highway 8 in between 341st and 345th avenues, in the unincorporated area in between Hillsboro and Cornelius. A 29-year-old man also suffered injuries described as "life-threatening" by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, while the four other crash victims suffered injuries ranging from "serious" to "critical."
The crash was reported just after 7 p.m., said Cornelius Fire Department spokesman Matt Johnston.
Two vehicles were involved: a Dodge Challenger Hellcat and a Honda Accord, according to Detective Mark Povolny, a spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Povolny said investigators believe the Dodge was traveling westbound when it crossed over the centerline and struck the Honda head-on "at high speed." The Honda reportedly caught fire after the crash.
Islam was a passenger in the Honda, as was the other victim with life-threatening injuries, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Povolny said some patients were taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and others were taken to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, both in Portland.
Four people were in the Honda at the time of the crash, Povolny said, while the Dodge had two occupants.
Highway 8 is closed in between 341st and 345th avenues. A detour route is in place, Johnston said.
There is no estimate at this time for when the highway will re-open.
"For sure, eastbound is going to be closed for an extensive period," Povolny said.
LifeFlight Network was initially activated to respond to the crash, but first responders opted to transport all six crash victims by ground ambulance instead because it was quicker, Johnston said.
Povolny said the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team is on the scene.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with the news of one crash victim's death as of midnight Sunday, Nov. 18.
By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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