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Preliminary Information: Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 47 north of Forest Grove in Washington County

April 7, 2014

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Washington County Sheriff's Office (WCSO), is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's two vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of two people on Highway 47 at NW Verboort Road north of Forest Grove. The deceased individuals names will be released later this evening to allow next of kin time for additional notifications.

On April 7, 2014 at approximately 9:25 a.m., OSP, WCSO, local fire and emergency responders were dispatched to a reported two vehicle traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 47 near NW Verboort Road about a mile north of Forest Grove. Upon arrival, two people in a passenger vehicle were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Initial scene investigation indicates at 2002 Hyundai four-door passenger car driven by a 18-year old female was stopped westbound on NW Verboort Road. The car pulled into the path of a northbound 1996 Freightliner box truck driven by CORY JORDAN, age 44, from Gaston. JORDAN had little time to react before the collision and both vehicles came to rest blocking the highway.

The car's female driver and 19-year old female passenger, both from northwest Portland, were pronounced deceased at the scene.

JORDAN was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation. The 32,000 lb. truck was unloaded.

All involved persons were using safety restraints.

Highway 47 was closed in both directions with ODOT personnel on scene coordinating a traffic detour for 5 hours.

OSP troopers and OSP collision reconstructionists from the North Plains, McMinnville, Portland, and St. Helens offices responded to the scene. Trooper Will Brindza is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Washington County Sheriff's Office, Forest Grove Police Department, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, and ODOT. A chaplain from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue assisted with next of kin notification.

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