Seven injured in multiple-vehicle crash in Troutdale, SE Stark St. closed
TROUTDALE, Ore. —
Seven people were hurt in a two-car crash Saturday afternoon in Troutdale, including on person who was flown to a local hospital in a helicopter due to life-threatening injuries.
Multnomah County Deputies say a car crossed the center line just after 3 p.m. near SE Stark Street and 257th Avenue and ran into an oncoming car causing the crash. SE Stark remained closed between SW McGinnis Ave. and SW Corbeth Lane for several hours after the crash as the East County Vehicular Crimes Team investigated.
The driver of one of a grey Lexus spoke with KATU News off-camera. He said he was headed west on Stark when the driver of a green Honda headed west swerved into his lane, causing the collision. He was not injured in the crash, and credits the safety features on his car for his safety.
A woman who says she was one of the first to arrive on scene told KATU News the green Honda was filled with seven teenagers. She said she comforted the driver who was pinned inside her vehicle before firefighters were able to extricate her. Gresham firefighters say the driver was taken to a hospital in an ambulance. The woman said a passenger in the back was unconscious and was taken away in the helicopter. She said five other occupants were able to walk away from the crash, but needed medical assistance.
Deputies say seven people were injured, but all of them are expected to recover from their injuries.
"It sounded like loud metal connecting, but I figured it was just construction or something because there is a lot of construction going on nowadays, until I heard someone screaming from the car," said Gavaughn Streeter-Hillerich, who was standing outside his home across the street from the crash.
Streeter-Hillerich said he immediately called 911.
"We were at the house. We live two blocks [away]. We could hear the helicopter. I'm like, 'God, what is that?' Then it came across our phones that there has been an accident," said Kristin Lewton, a neighbor.
Lewton says cars often speed up and down that stretch of road and wants to see law enforcement patrol the area more.
"We've lived here six or seven years. Regularly there is something going on here. It's a straightaway, it's fun. If there are no patrols, this is what happens," she said.