Sheriff's Office joins response to Molalla River car crash

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2015, 9:22 p.m.



Sheriff's Office joins response to Molalla River car crashAt approximately 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2015, deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a traffic collision at Kegger Rock. This location is in rural south Clackamas County, along the Molalla River, south of Molalla, Oregon.

Initial information about this incident provided to 911 dispatchers indicated a vehicle had driven off a cliff and landed in the Molalla River with occupants in the vehicle.

The information prompted a response from the Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium, which includes the Clackamas County Marine Unit and Dive Team, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, American Medical Response and Clackamas Fire District #1. They were also joined on-scene by personnel from the Molalla Police Department, Molalla Fire, and Oregon State Police -- as well as Search and Rescue Coordinators from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and two Life Flight helicopters.

When patrol deputies arrived at the location, they conducted an investigation. They learned there were two vehicles traveling south on the Molalla Forest Road together. There were three males in each car. Statements to investigators suggest that the rear vehicle swerved in an attempt to avoid a collision with the lead vehicle. The vehicles collided -- and the rear vehicle drove off the edge of a cliff.

There was an approximate 40-foot drop towards the Molalla River at this location.

The vehicle that drive off the cliff -- identified as a Honda Civic -- appears to have rolled over and came to rest on its tires at the edge of the Molalla River.

One of the occupants from the other vehicle attempted to call 911, but had problems due to poor reception in the area. This occupant was able to obtain a ride from someone passing by who took him to the Glen Avon Bridge, where a "911 only" phone is available.

Fire and rescue crews worked to extricate the three occupants of the vehicle. The two passengers were taken by ambulance to a nearby staging area to meet the Life Flight helicopters. They were then flown to area hospitals. One passenger was unconscious and is considered to be in critical condition at this time. The second passenger was semi-conscious when he was transported but his condition is unknown. The names of those involved in this incident and hospitals will not be released at this time.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Juan Manuel Mauleon-Rosario, 21, of Newberg, OR. Mauleon was transported to an area hospital by ambulance with unknown injuries.

This crash investigation continues. Alcohol is believed to be a factor.


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Deputy Marcus Mendoza
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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office