Multiple accidents in Welches prompt safe driving reminder
The Hoodland Fire District crew responded to four separate traffic accidents on Sunday, June 3, providing medical assistance to four motorists.
Around 3:42 p.m., firefighters were called to the scene of a three-car collision on Highway 26 near milepost 32. The crash had closed the highway in both directions, and Hoodland firefighters, accompanied by Sandy firefighters, used Jaws of Life to extricate two people from their vehicles. Three people were injured. One was airlifted and two were transported by American Medical Response (AMR) to local hospitals.
Shortly after, at 3:44 p.m., firefighters responded to a motorcycle accident on Timberline Road and treated the rider before transferring lifeflight brought the victim to a Portland hospital.
At 5:51 p.m., firefighters were called about a SUV that had gone off the road on East Marmot Road. When crews arrived, the vehicle was unattended and sat about 50 feet over the embankment. Firefighters placed tape around the scene and left.
On their way back to the station, firefighters responded to a help a driver who had crashed into a ditch on the shoulder of Highway 26 at East Alder Heights Road. The driver was transported to an area hospital via AMR after receiving treatment from Hoodland paramedics.
In a statement later that day, the Hoodland department reminded drivers that "(A)s we go into the summer season to drive safely as you transit over Mt. Hood. Please slow down and enjoy the views the mountain has to offer, avoid distracted driving and pay attention to the signs of fatigue."