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Jul-07-2007 17:53printcomments

Four Die in Crash on Highway 26 East of Sandy

Two 11-year old boys in the crash were youth baseball teammates enroute to a tournament.

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Aftermath of crash scene
Photo: Oregon State Police

(SANDY, Ore.) - Police say two adults and two children were killed and seven others injured Saturday morning in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 26 about six miles east of Sandy.

State Police Spokesman Greg Hastings says that around 8:30 this morning, a rented 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan was westbound on Highway 26 in the left lane going uphill when, for an unknown reason, it crossed into the westbound lanes.

The Caravan crossed the centerline and crashed head-on in the left westbound lane with a 1998 Chevrolet Astro van.

"After impact, the Chevrolet van spun around across the right eastbound lane and was struck by an eastbound 2001 Toyota Sequoia." The van came to rest on its top in a ditch on the eastbound shoulder.

He says the Toyota Sequoia came to rest on its wheels in the ditch facing north. The Dodge van came to rest on its wheels in the middle of the highway.

Hastins says the male driver of the Dodge Grand Caravan, 68-year old Lewis Delmar Lambert, was not using safety restraints and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The female driver and two children in the Chevrolet van were pronounced deceased at the scene. A third child was seriously injured and transported by ambulance and then LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. His injuries are considered non-life threatening.

The female driver is identified as 44-year old Janene M. Brundege of north Portland. She was using safety restraints. Two of the three kids in the van were her children.

Her daughter, 23-month old Abigail Kay Brundege, was believed to be in a child safety seat but was ejected out of the seat and from the van. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Her son, 11-year old Quinton Brundege, was using safety restraints and was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with serious injuries.

A third child who was a family friend, 11-year old Tyler Williams, was using safety restraints and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The two boys were youth baseball teammates and were enroute to the Welches area for a baseball tournament.

The Toyota Sequoia had six adult occupants who received non-life threatening injuries. They were reportedly enroute to go rafting and are identified as: The driver, 33-year old Mark E. McKell of Battle Ground, Washington, was transported to Oregon Health Sciences University.

The right front passenger, 30-year old Heather L. McKell of Battle Ground, Washington, was transported to Oregon Health Sciences University.

The passenger in the right seat of the middle row, 36-year old Scott E. Russon of Vancouver, Washington was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital.

The middle Row, left seat passenger. 33-year old Janee E. Russon of Vancouver, Washington was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital.

The person in the vehicle's right seat in the rear row, 41-year old Davie W. Liebert of Vancouver, Washington was transported to Oregon Health Sciences University.

37-year old Lindsey A. Liebert of Vancouver, Washington, who was riding the the left seat of the rear row, was transported to Oregon Health Sciences University.

Hastings says Oregon State Police troopers from the Portland Area Command office and Government Camp are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Clackamas County-area interagency crash investigation team.

Sandy Fire Department, Hoodland Fire Department and AMR provided medical care and transported.

Three patients were transported to the west end of Sandy where they were transported by LifeFlight air ambulance. One was Quinton Brundege.

The other two were occupants of the Toyota, but there is no information available yet to indicate who it was.

In addition, Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office, Sandy Police Department and ODOT assisted at the scene. Traffic was detoured onto Cherryville Drive until Highway 26 was reopened about 2:45 PM.

The emergency responders thank the many citizens who stopped to help out under extremely difficult circumstances. Any witnesses to the crash who may not have contacted investigators are asked to call Oregon State Police at 800-452-7888.




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