Three injured in three-vehicle Highway 99W crash
DUNDEE — A three-vehicle crash Tuesday morning south of Dundee on Highway 99W, involving a garbage truck, car and tractor-trailer rig, injured three people and snarled traffic in both directions for about three hours.
It took about 30 minutes for rescue crews from the Dundee and Newberg fire departments to free Rufina Vasquez-Gervacio, 28, of Vancouver, Wash., from a 2005 Scion tC in which she was a passenger. She was transported by Life Flight helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Oregon State Police.
Sgt. Brad Hessel of the OSP McMinnville office gave this account:
At about 11:30 a.m., a Waste Management garbage truck driven by Michael Lingle, 47, of McMinnville, was stopped along the fog line in the southbound lane completing a pickup at a nearby residence.
The Scion, driven 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, who was driving for J&M Cattle Co. of Culver in Eastern Oregon. The impact shoved the car into the back of the garbage truck.
Lucero and right-front passenger, Roxanne Wheeler, 23, off Vancouver, were transported by ambulance to Providence Newberg Medical Center with minor injuries. Vasquez was sitting in a rear passenger seat.
Occupants of all the vehicles, with the exception of Vasquez, were wearing seat belts. She reportedly had removed her seat belt to hear something Lucero and Wheeler were saying to her when their car was rear-ended by the tractor-trailer rig.
No citations have been issued, but the crash remains under investigation.
OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sherif'fs Office and Newberg-Dundee Police Department.