Crash, Gales Creek, Highway 6

Highway 6 closed for fatal crash near Gales Creek Shell station

Because the vehicle crashed down an embankment, patients have to be brought up one at a time in a ‘stokes basket’ using a rope system. Photo: Forest Grove Fire & Rescue

GALES CREEK – A single-vehicle fatal crash near the Gales Creek Shell station on Saturday morning has resulted in a host of Metro West ambulances and rescue vehicles from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue responding to the scene.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Bob Ray has confirmed that one patient has died.

According to Forest Grove Fire & Rescue spokesperson Matt Johnston, A single car is down an embankment, prompting a technical rescue for two patients, who must be cut from the vehicle.

Four others were injured in the crash.

The Oregon Department of Transportation says that the highway is closed.

A second, unrelated non-injury crash occurred a few miles west of the initial fatal crash near mile post 37 about 45 minutes after the initial crash, further snarling traffic in the area. Forest Grove Fire & Rescue advised that delays should be expected throughout the area.

This is a developing story.

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Chas Hundley is the editor of the Gales Creek Journal and sister news publications the Banks Post and the Salmonberry Magazine. He grew up in Gales Creek and has a cat.

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