July 14, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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At least six people were injured Saturday afternoon when a pickup and passenger car collided at the intersection of Highway 6 and NW Gales Creek Road west of Banks in Washington County. None of the injured occupants had life-threatening injuries.
On July 13, 2013 at approximately 12:40 p.m., a 1982 Volvo four-door passenger car with two occupants was eastbound on Highway 6 approaching the intersection from the south with NW Gales Creek Road. A 1993 GMC extended cab pickup with 9 occupants, four in the pickup's bed, attempted to turn left from NW Gales Creek Road to westbound Highway 6. The pickup pulled into the path of the eastbound Volvo and was struck in the left side. The impact caused both vehicles to rotate, leading to the four pickup bed occupants to be ejected over the guardrail into bordering bushes and grass. The four pickup bed occupants and both Volvo occupants were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
The Volvo's driver, LOUIS P. BERCHIER, age 68, from Vancouver, Washington, and his passenger were both taken to Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro.
The pickup's driver, JOEL R. SILVA, age 18, from Forest Grove, was cited for Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device and Minor in Possession of Alcohol. There is no evidence to indicate alcohol was a contributing factor. The two more-injured pickup bed occupants were transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. No names of other pickup occupants available.
OSP troopers from North Plains and St. Helens offices are involved in the ongoing investigation. Trooper Michael Vanrenterghem is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Washington County Sheriff's Office, Banks Fire District 13, Forest Grove Fire Department, Metro West Ambulance, and ODOT.
The highway was closed about 4 hours during the investigation.
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