Oregon Firefighters Dispatched to Motor Vehicle Accident


At 7:59 p.m. on August 20, 2010 Canby Fire units were dispatched to a two-car motor vehicle accident at the intersection of S. Central Point Rd. and S. New Era Rd. Firefighters found a white work-type panel van and an SUV had collided at high speeds and there were multiple injured patients.

The Incident Commander called for a second-alarm medical, which automatically brings additional fire and ambulance resources to the scene. After a quick triage, it was determined that 13 patients would require treatment, three with serious injuries, eight with minor injuries, and two described as walking wounded.

The van was occupied by two adults and six children and the SUV by five teenagers. One of the vehicles was heading to the Clackamas County Fair and Rodeo and the other was coming from the County fair. Both were approaching the intersection at high speeds when one failed to stop at the posted stop sign.

One patient was transported by Lifeflight, one by Canby Fire Ambulance and the balance by AMR ambulances. Firefighters utilized 'Rescue Struts" to stabilize the SUV prior to extricating the entrapped victims.

Although three patients suffered serious injuries (not critical), all are expected to survive.

The accident is being investigated by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.