By NR Staff • 

Three hurt in traffic-snarling crash

A 2005 Scion tC was crushed between a garbage truck and a tractor-trailer rig.

Rescue crews from the Newberg and Dundee fire departments spent 30 minutes extricating Rufina Vasquez-Gervacio, 28, of Vancouver, Wash., from the back seat. She was transported by Life Flight helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

Sgt. Brad Hessel of the Oregon State Police gave this account:

About 11:30 a.m., a Waste Management garbage truck driven by Michael Lingle, 47, of McMinnville, stopped at the edge of the southbound lane to make a residential pickup.

The Scion, operated by Abelardo Lucero, 32, of Vancouver, stopped behind the garbage truck. It was rear-ended by a 1991 Kenworth tractor-trailer rig operated by Mark Folson, 53, of Portland, driving for the J&M Cattle Co. of Culver. The impact drove the small car into the back of the garbage truck.

All three occupants of the Scion were injured, Vasquez most seriously, because she had just removed her seat belt and leaned forward to listen to an exchange between Lucero and front-seat passenger Roxanne Wheeler, 23, of Vancouver. Lucero and Wheeler, who were wearing seat belts, were taken by ambulance to Providence Newberg Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Both truck drivers were wearing seat belts.

No citations were issued at the scene, but the crash remains under investigation.

OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office and Newberg-Dundee Police Department. An Oregon Department of Transportation crew assisted with traffic control.

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