Chinook Landing ramp collapses; 3 hurt

Two people were hurt when a boat ramp collapsed at Chinook Landing near Portland, June 22, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Two people were hurt when a boat ramp collapsed at Chinook Landing near Portland, June 22, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Three people, including a 6-year-old, were injured Saturday afternoon when a metal boat ramp collapsed along the Columbia River at Chinook Landing.

A man and woman were standing on the dock when it split in the area where the metal section connected to the wood section. They fell about 15 feet and hurt their legs, but did not go into the water.They were taken by ambulance to a hospital but the injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

The boy was fishing off the side of the ramp and scraped his ankle.

“It was pretty scary ’cause I didn’t know if he was hurt because I saw two people laying on the floor,” his older brother David Aspidov told KOIN 6 News.

We were directed over to the dock and we found two people laying down below,” said Gresham Fire Battalion Chief Jason McGowan. “We used a ladder to get down to them and provided some care, some medication for their pain.”

It’s not known at this time why the ramp collapsed. Several agencies are investigating

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