Three injured in crash north of Hillsboro
Two adults and a young child were seriously injured in a multi-vehicle wreck in between Hillsboro and North Plains on Tuesday morning, Sept. 3, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
The crash was reported near the intersection of Northwest Zion Church and Glencoe roads at about 7:11 a.m., said Deputy Brian van Kleef, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.
Investigators believe the crash occurred as a pickup truck made a left turn into the driveway for Tanasacres Nursery at 32570 N.W. Zion Church Road. The vehicle immediately behind the truck braked in time to avoid a rear-end collision, but the vehicle behind that one, a Subaru Forester, was unable to stop in time, according to van Kleef.
Van Kleef said the Subaru's driver veered to avoid rear-ending the vehicle in front of it.
"They turned abruptly left, right into oncoming traffic, and crashed into a Honda CR-V," he said.
The female driver and her passenger, a young child in the backseat, were both seriously injured, van Kleef said.
The woman driving the Honda had to be extricated from her vehicle by firefighters.
"They had to literally cut the top of the car off," he said.
All three crash victims were transported to a local hospital by ground ambulance.
Zion Church Road was closed west of Glencoe Road following the crash. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
"It's just a good reminder to slow down, not be distracted … (and) leave car lengths ahead of you so that you have the reaction time to stop," van Kleef said.
By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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