(KOIN) – Two 21-year-olds from Southeast Portland were struck and seriously hurt Tuesday afternoon as they were changing a flat tire along Interstate 5 south of Corvallis.
The victims were identified Wednesday as Jalan Haddad and Cleo McClintock.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP), at about 1:45 p.m., a 2001 Subaru Legacy with a flat was pulled over along the inside median shoulder of southbound I-5, north of Brownsville, with its three occupants standing outside the car.
A 2014 Nissan Versa traveling south on I-5 swerved onto the inside shoulder to avoid an unidentified pickup truck that had slowed suddenly. The Versa struck the Subaru, as well as Haddad and McClintock.
The two were airlifted to different hospitals in critical condition. Haddad was taken Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, while McClintock was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center RiverBend in Springfield.
The third occupant, 21-year-old Taja Nelson of Southeast Portland, was transported to Sacred Heart with a possible minor injury. Her condition as of Wednesday was not confirmed.
The driver of the Versa, 30-year-old Kimberly Phillips of Phoenix, Ariz., and a 10-year-old girl in her car, were taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.
The southbound lanes of the freeway were shut down for about an hour.
OSP investigators are looking for information regarding the pickup truck that slowed down ahead of the Versa. It was described as a possible Chevrolet, gray in color, with a star on the back bumper. Any witnesses should call OSP at 541-737-3010.