COLUMBIA COUNTY — A single lane of Highway 30 near Clatskanie is open for traffic following a two-vehicle crash that injured three individuals this morning. The Oregon State Police anticipate releasing the names of those involved later today.
OSP Senior Trooper Robin May noted that ODOT personnel were using a sweeper and support vehicle as part of a highway maintenance project on Highway 30 near milepost 58. The female ODOT employee involved in the crash was driving a 2008 Ford F450, positioned in the eastbound lane to alert approaching traffic of the sweeper’s presence. At approximately 8:20 a.m. the ODOT truck was struck from behind by a 2012 Ford Budget rental truck with trailer.
The driver of the rental truck, a 29-year-old male, and a 45-year-old passenger were injured in the crash, and the female passenger was trapped inside for half an hour while personnel from Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District worked to free her. The driver's injury is minor and the passenger's injuries were not considered life-threatening. Both the passenger and driver were transported to Peach Health St. Johns Medical Center in Longview, Washington. The ODOT employee was transported by ambulance to the same hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Troopers from the St. Helens worksite are investigating. At this point, no citations have been issued.
The Clatskanie Police Department and Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene. Highway 30 was blocked, then traffic was restricted and will remain so until the scene is cleared. This is a developing story and will be updated as information is available. Visit the Columbia County Buzz Examiner for updates or subscribe for email notification of updates.