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CCSO - A dump truck hauling a fully loaded flatbed trailer crashed causing extensive damage to bridge in Oregon City.

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: March 15th, 2010 9:32 PM
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The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Jim Strovink, Detective
Office of Public Information
12700 SE 82ND Avenue, Clackamas, Oregon 97015

News Release *** (Photos Attached) ***

All accompanying photographs provided courtesy of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Please refer to Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #10-7998

On Monday, March 15, 2010 at 6:19 p.m. a dump truck and driver is reported to have careened off from a bridge covering Abernathy Creek on S. Maple Lane Road and landed in this shallow body of water. The injured driver was pulled from the wreckage by citizens who witnessed the crash and pulled this injured driver from the cab of the truck – conscious and breathing – who was then airlifted to Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital in Portland.

Investigating Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputies report the driver declared his brakes failed while in operation of his 1987, Ford, Model TT dump truck while hauling a flatbed trailer – loaded with large pieces of concrete and other miscellaneous heavy debris.

The injured driver is identified as Steve A. Oberson, 47, of Oregon City. This involved truck is registered to Oberson Excavating Incorporated, on Holcomb Boulevard, in Oregon City.

This dump truck is reported to have crashed into the guard rail of this bridge and caused extensive structural damage to the bridge. A Clackamas County bridge inspector was summoned to the scene to inspect the structural integrity of this damaged bridge. An attending Deputy Sheriff said, "The impact of the truck into the bridge was so severe, the rear view mirror of the truck was found embedded into a portion of this bridges guardrail that was ripped from the bridge upon impact."

Motorists can anticipate this portion of S. Maple Lane Road, in Oregon City –- between S. Fergusson Road and S. Waldo Road -- to be closed to all vehicle traffic while emergency crews work to clear the roadway, extract the vehicle and trailer from the creek bed and evaluate the reliability of the damaged bridge. It is unknown at this time when this stretch of roadway will reopen to vehicular traffic.

Clackamas Fire District #1 and American Medical Response were on scene to aid in the medical transportation of this injured driver by packaging the patient for transport and securing a landing zone. In addition to controlling the scene until Clackamas County Road Department personnel arrived to control vehicular traffic.

The Department of Environmental Services responded to the scene to help contain the diesel fuel spilled into the swift flowing Abernathy Creek.

This remains an active traffic crash investigation conducted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. No citations were issued and the driver was lawfully wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.

All accompanying photographs provided courtesy of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Please refer to Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #10-7998.[END]

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