Downed power lines & tree trap driver on Hwy 6

Credit: Forest Grove Fire & Rescue

Downed power lines & tree trap driver on Hwy 6

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by Teresa Blackman & Mike Benner, KGW Staff

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Posted on December 29, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 29 at 5:10 PM

FOREST GROVE, Ore. – High winds took out a tree and power lines in Forest Grove Wednesday night, blowing them onto Highway 6 and trapping one driver for over an hour.

The fallen debris caused two crashes around 9:30 p.m., near Gales Creek Road.

“Crews arrived shortly thereafter and found a tree had fallen across the entire highway and energized electrical wires were on the ground. Firefighters found that one vehicle, with three occupants, had hit the tree and launched into the air approximately 7 feet and rested 75 feet away,” said Matt Johnston with Forest Grove Fire & Rescue. “A second vehicle also hit the tree and branches.”

The driver in the second vehicle was trapped by the energized electrical wires and had to wait about an hour for PGE crews to clear the scene.

“I slowed down, but it was too late. Suddenly there was a tree under my car,” said driver Sheri Bagdonis.

No one in either vehicle was seriously injured.

Highway 6 was closed for several hours as ODOT crews worked to clear debris off the roadway.

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