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Oregon Driver Escapes Injury During Highway Landslide

Traffic was delayed for several hours due to the slide.

landslide on Oregon Highway 99E 10-18-07
Photo courtesy: Troy Buzalski/Canby Fire

(CANBY, Ore.) - Oregon's Highway 99E was hit by mud and rock landslide today near Canby, and firefighters and rescue personnel say a passengers in a vehicle passing through at the moment it happened are luck to not be hurt. The embankment along 99E slid into a northbound travel lane at 8:59 AM, littering the highway with rock and debris the slide hit a mini van that was traveling northbound along highway 99E, Canby Fire Division Chief Buzalsky said.

"The occupants of the van are lucky they very narrowly missed severe injury when the debris hit the hood of there mini van if they would have been there a second before we could have had much different results."

Traffic was delayed for several hours due to the slide.

This is the time of year that drivers must be aware of road and weather conditions and always stay alert to changing conditions.

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