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Woman Injured After Crashing into Tree Lying on Highway 26 east of Sandy
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Following two months of no reports related to an unknown person(s) falling trees late at night in the Cherryville area of Highway 26 east of Sandy, a Brightwood woman received minor injuries after her car crashed into a large tree lying across the highway late Sunday night. Oregon State Police (OSP) and ODOT again ask for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible before someone is more seriously hurt or killed.
On April 11, 2010 at approximately 11:55 p.m. a 1995 Subaru Impreza two-door station wagon driven by MOLLY ROSE OREGAN, age 20, from Brightwood, was eastbound in the right lane on Highway 26 near milepost 31 when she unexpectedly came across a large tree lying across the eastbound and left westbound lanes. OREGAN was unable to stop and crossed head-on into the tree.
OREGAN, who was celebrating her 20th birthday, was treated and released at the scene for minor injuries. She was using safety restraints and her car's airbag deployed.
The eastbound lanes and one westbound lane were blocked about one hour during the crash response and tree removal.
OSP, ODOT, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Sandy Fire Department responded to this latest reported incident. A second cut tree was caught by other trees from falling onto the highway. ODOT employees will be in the area this morning with equipment to remove that tree before it falls onto the road.
Over a two week period in late January and early February, there were at least four other known incidents in the area on Highway 26 and a county road in which trees were purposely cut at night and fell onto the road or power lines. The last reported collision, which was non-injury, was on February 7th. Each investigation indicates the trees are being cut using chainsaws and axes.
In what originally started out as a criminal mischief case has now escalated into a more serious crime following this injury crash. Anyone with information to help with this investigation is asked to contact OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.