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Vehicle Crashes Into Molalla River (PHOTOS)

The condition of the victims is unknown at this time. Their names are not being released at this time pending family notification.

Car crashes into Molalla River in Oregon
Photos: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

(CLACKAMAS, OR) - Just after midnight Clackam as County received a 911 call reporting a vehicle crash on the Molalla Forest Rd east of Molalla. A vehicle had gone off the roadway and landed upside down in the river.

Two people were in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The crash occurred about 7 miles east of the intersection with Dickey Prairie Road.

Molalla Fire and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office were first on scene. The Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium also responded.

Crews arriving found two men on top of the vehicle in the water. The vehicle left the roadway and went off a 30 foot cliff before hitting some rocks then landing in the river. The vehicle was upside down and almost completely submerged. One of the males was the driver who was pulled from the water by a male who was not involved in the crash.

The female passenger in the vehicle was able to get out and swam to shore on the other side of the river. Two passerby's waded across and provided her aid until rescue crews arrived.

After reaching the injured parties rescue crews had to use a rapid deployment craft raft to bring them to shore. Then they had to be brought up a steep cliff by rope teams.

Molalla Fire, Colton Fire, Gladstone Fire, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Clackamas Fire, Clackamas County Dive and Marine Patrol all responded to the crash.

The condition of the victims is unknown at this time. Their names are not being released at this time pending family notification.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.

News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

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