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Critical Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 26 at Kelso Road west of Sandy
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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One person was critically injured Tuesday afternoon when the car he was driving crashed into two other vehicles at high speed at the intersection of Highway 26 and Kelso Road west of Sandy. The offending vehicle had just come into an Oregon State Police (OSP) sergeant's radar at 107 mph before colliding with the other two vehicles.
On July 14, 2009 at approximately 4:50 p.m. an OSP sergeant working traffic safety enforcement overtime on Highway 26 was westbound at milepost 21 when a Kia Rio four-door driven by JOHN M. GRIEVE, age 75, from Gresham, came into moving radar eastbound at 107 mph. As the sergeant was turning around to try and stop it, the Kia crashed into the rear of a Subaru station wagon beginning to turn left from eastbound Highway 26 onto Kelso Road. The impact sent the Subaru spinning across the westbound lanes until it stopped off the north side of the highway. After the first impact the car crashed head-on into a full-size Chevrolet pickup stopped westbound to turn onto Kelso Road.
GRIEVE was critically injured and taken by LifeFlight to Oregon Health Sciences University. He was not using safety restraints and his car's airbags deployed. Troopers investigating the crash are looking at the possibility that he may have had a medical problem prior to the crash.
The Subaru's driver, TREVOR NOAKES, age 35, from Sandy, and his daughter, SAYGE NOAKES, age 9, were taken to Mt. Hood Medical Center by a private party an examination of possible injuries. Both were using safety restraints.
The pickup's driver, ALAN K. LANGLEY, age 57, from Vancouver, Washington had possible injury but was not transported. Safety restraint use information is not available.
Westbound lanes were re-opened about 5:30 p.m. and eastbound lanes opened about 5:45 p.m.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, and Sandy and Boring Fire Departments.