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At about 6:15 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Molalla Police Department, Molalla Fire Department, Aurora Fire Department, Canby Fire Department, and American Medical Response responded to a traffic accident near the intersection of S. Barnards Rd. and S. Dryland Rd., near Molalla.
This part of the roadway is in unincorporated Clackamas County, in a mostly farm land rural area.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is investigating the cause of the accident -- in which a pickup truck driven by an unidentified female and another car collided, causing the pickup truck to overturn and slide into an exposed Northwest Natural Gas district regulator.
The truck severed the district regulator -- which caused an ignition that torched the truck.
The driver of the pickup truck escaped from the vehicle and received non-life-threatening injuries.
The unidentified female driver of the other vehicle was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center by Life Flight. Her condition is unknown at this time.
Northwest Natural Gas reports the cause of the fire was due to a district regulator being severed. The Northwest Natural Gas spokesperson reported that about 30 customers lost service due to the crash, and four work-crews reported to the scene to repair the regulator and get customers back online.
The intersection of S. Barnards Rd. and S. Dryland Rd was closed for a few hours while repairs to the gas line were finished.
Deputy Mark Nikolai
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office