March 7, 2013
Senior Trooper Dan Swift
Oregon State Police - Portland
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Two people were injured, one seriously, in an ice-related collision involving an unloaded school bus and a passenger car earlier Thursday morning on Highway 211 east of Molalla. Icy road conditions were a contributing factor.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Dan Swift, on March 7, 2013 at approximately 6:30 a.m., a 2001 Volkswagen Passat driven by ALEXANDRA VANDERPOOL, age 19, from Oregon City, was westbound on Highway 211 west of Vaughan Road when it encountered some black ice. The Volkswagen slid into the oncoming traffic lane and collided with an unloaded full size school bus operated by LORI KOOS, age 57, from Molalla. The First Students bus was under contract with the Molalla School District and had just started it's route with no student passengers on board.
VANDERPOOL was transported by LifeFlight helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries
KOOS was taken by a private vehicle to Willamette Falls Hospital where she was treated and released.
Both drivers were wearing their seat belts and the Volkswagen's airbags deployed.
Road conditions throughout south Clackamas County were very slick due to icy conditions. No citations were issued.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Molalla Fire Department, Molalla Police Department, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and ODOT. The road was completely pen by 7:45 a.m.