Multiple injuries in Ehlen Road crash Wednesday morning
Update: Ehlen Road opened around 2:45 p.m. Aug. 8. Names have been added to the article below.
Ehlen Road near Interstate 5 was closed for nearly four hours Wednesday after a two-vehicle crash sent seven people to the hospital.
Marion County deputies report that at 10:55 a.m. Aug. 8, an SUV traveling westbound was making a left turn when it was struck by a truck, also moving westbound, that had been attempting to pass a long line of slow-moving traffic.
Two occupants of the SUV, the driver Holly Mendoza, 33, and an 8-year-old boy, were transported by Life Flight to Portland hospitals. The SUV's four other occupants were transported by ambulance. They are Jason West, 34, Daniel Cuevas, 37, a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl. All four adults were taken to OHSU and the children to Doernbecher Children's Hospital.
The driver of the truck, 54-year-old Bradley Snethen, of Donald, was not injured, but his adult passenger and wife, Sandra Snethen, 52, was taken to Salem Hospital by ambulance.
Ehlen Road was closed at Bents Court (west of the I-5 exit) and while the Marion County CRASH team conducted an investigation.
The investigation into the collision is ongoing. Deputies are seeking any witnesses to the collision. Witnesses are asked to call 503-588-5032 and reference case number 18-18659.