Two Life-Flighted from rural roll-over crash Saturday

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: March 16, 2014, 8:37 p.m.

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At about 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported single-vehicle roll-over injury accident on S. Family Camp Rd. in rural Clackamas County. All six occupants were transported to area hospitals, including two by Life Flight air ambulance.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received a report of a single vehicle, roll-over traffic crash at about 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. The accident was reported to be on S. Family Camp Rd., about 7 miles South of Elk Prairie Rd.

The driver -- Tashne West, 18, of Mulino, OR -- told authorities she was driving 5 friends in her family's 1993 Ford Bronco to go camping. Ms. West said she was driving about 25 mph when the vehicle began accelerating on its own, so she tried pushing on the brakes to slow it. She was unable to stop the vehicle by using the brakes, so she pulled off to the side of the gravel road, which caused a crash and the vehicle to roll several times.

None of the six occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, and two of the passengers were ejected. A 17-year-old male passenger said the vehicle rolled over his hip and arm, and another 17-year-old male passenger said the vehicle came to rest on his knee, but his friends were able move the vehicle off of his knee.

The other passengers were 19-year-old Ashley Burkey of Canby, OR; 18-year-old Nick Bartell of Canby, OR; and a 16-year-old male.

A passerby transported three of the occupants to meet with responding emergency service personnel, including members of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Molalla Police Department, and Molalla Fire Department.

All the occupants were conscious, breathing and mobile when contacted by emergency personnel. However, due to the remote location and mechanism of injury, two occupants were transported to the hospital by Life Flight air ambulance, and everyone else was transported to local area hospitals by ground transportation.

Alcohol was determined NOT to be a factor in the crash.

This accident serves as a potent reminder to wear your seatbelt at all times.


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Contact Info:
Paul Coleman, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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