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Sheriff's deputy, family sent to hospital after crash in Fairview

A family with an infant was in one of the vehicles. The infant was protected by a car seat and not seriously hurt
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FAIRVIEW, Ore — The intersection of Northeast Halsey Street and Northeast Fairview Parkway in Fairview was closed for several hours after a Multnomah County Sheriff's deputy was involved in a crash. 

First responders were sent to the intersection at about 9:24 p.m. after the crash was reported.

They found a deputy whose vehicle had collided with another vehicle while responding to an emergency call, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said.

A sheriff's spokesman said the deputy was responding to a call when his vehicle was hit by another vehicle in the intersection.

Emma Wenlock was a passenger in that other vehicle. She said her husband had a green light when he entered the intersection, and the deputy ran a red light. She said both vehicles spun around from the force of the crash and were badly damaged.

Wenlock said neither she nor her husband saw any flashing emergency lights on the deputy's vehicle and they did not hear any sirens. 

Wenlock said her family - including her seven-month-old daughter - were driving home from a family dinner when the crash happened. Wenlock and her daughter were both taken by ambulance to the hospital and later released. She had some bad bruising and the baby was not seriously injured.

"Miraculously she's ok," Wenlock said. "The car seat did exactly what it needed to do." 

The deputy also suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital. 

Crash investigators from the Gresham Police Department were brought in to investigate the cause of the crash. They don't expect to release any findings until next week at the earliest. 

Editor's note: This story was updated to add new comments from Wenlock. The original version of the story only included details from the sheriff's office.

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