FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Four people were injured in a fiery crash that closed Highway 47 in Forest Grove Saturday, police said.
Around 2:30 p.m., 25-year-old Bryan Bartholomew didn't notice traffic stopped ahead of him on Highway 97, said Lt. Gregg Hastings with Oregon State Police.
Bartholomew braked hard and swerved into the southbound lane causing him to crash into the side of an RV pulling a minivan. He then rolled and hit a tree. The RV then landed on top of his Jeep.
People at the scene rushed to help Bartholomew out of his Jeep just before it went up in flames. He was taken by Life Flight helicopter to the hospital with serious injuries.
The driver of the RV and two passengers, including a child, were taken by ambulance to OHSU.
The Forest Grove Fire Department responded to the scene and tweeted out images of the crash.
HWY 47 crash update: 2 injured, 1 small child in the RV with minor injuries, and the driver of the SUV involved who was seriously injured.— Forest Grove Fire (@ForestGroveFire) June 22, 2013
Twitter: Forest Grove Fire
Here's a photo of the HWY 47 crash from the first arriving Chief Officer. pic.twitter.com/sNRXZDOdZs— Forest Grove Fire (@ForestGroveFire) June 22, 2013