Officials: Man, parakeet involved in rollover crash on Highway 26

Parakeet OK after rollover crash on Highway 26 (Photo from Banks Fire)

Banks Fire crews responded to a rollover crash on Highway 26 Saturday afternoon.

Officials say a 45-year-old man was taken to Emanuel Hospital in stable condition.

The Chevy SUV he was driving was traveling eastbound on the highway when witnesses say it drifted off the right shoulder of the road, causing the man to lose control of the vehicle.

The SUV rolled over multiple times, crossing into oncoming traffic and coming to rest on the shoulder of the westbound lane.

Banks Fire officials say a female passerby, who happens to be an employee at a Portland veterinarian clinic, heard the man voicing concern over his parakeet that was traveling with him.

A search by first responders located the parakeet still in its cage.

The vet worker took the bird for an evaluation and safe keeping until it could be reclaimed by its owner.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but fire officials say it's just another reminder to be very attentive when driving.

Expect delays until the incident is cleared. Banks Road and Pihl Road are open as an alternate route to avoid the incident congestion on Highway26.