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It was the second major-injury crash, at the light-controlled intersection at the edge of Sellwood, in a month

DAVID F. ASHTON - After a near-head-on crash on McLoughlin Boulevard at Ochoco Street on Halloween Day, arriving Milwaukie Police Department officers found two badly-damaged vehicles - and three injured peopleA near-head-on crash closed all lanes of McLoughlin Boulevard for a time shortly after midday on October 31, at its intersection with S.E. Ochoco Street – the southeast border of Sellwood.

Milwaukie Police Officers, dispatched at 1:27 pm, found in the signalized intersection two vehicles with severely-damaged front ends – a green Subaru, and a red Dodge SUV. Both drivers, and a passenger in the Subaru, were sent by ambulance to local hospitals for medical evaluation and care. The Dodge driver was released from the hospital the same day.

During the investigation, it was established that the female driver of a 2020 Subaru Forester, with an elderly female passenger in her front passenger seat, had been coming down the hill from 17th on Ochoco Street, preparing to make a left turn northbound on McLoughlin at the traffic signal. Her car was struck on the front driver's side by a 2014 Dodge Caravan, operated by 33-year-old Logan Melchert.

When the collided vehicles came to rest, it appeared that both of them had been spun around, about 180°. The Subaru was facing southbound in the south traffic lanes; the Dodge was facing northbound, in the north traffic lanes. Officers aren't sure which one ran the red light – but they report that Melchert, the Dodge Caravan driver, is being investigated for possible charges of Assault III, DUII, and Reckless Driving.

Both the driver and passenger in the Subaru suffered serious injuries in the smashup, but are expected to fully recover. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Investigating Milwaukie Police Officer, Kenny Simac, at 503/786-7441 – or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When you do, please reference Case #: 21-7751.


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