Driver: Wet road, wind drove fatal crash

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An 11-year-old girl died when the van she was in rolled over at this exit ramp off I-84 West, Sept. 22, 2013. Heavy rain and wind, along with a sharp turn, is being blamed. (KOIN 6 News)
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An 11-year-old girl is dead after this van — carrying a church group — rolled off an Interstate 84 ramp Sunday afternoon, Sept. 22, 2013. (KOIN 6 News/Matt Rashleigh)

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) – Rain, slick roads and gusty wind all were factors in a rollover crash that killed a girl Sunday afternoon, the driver — through his roommate — told KOIN 6 News.

Yoselyn Escobar-Vargas died in the crash. She was 11 years old.

The roommate said the driver is in shock from the accident that happened around 4 p.m. Sunday on the ramp to westbound I-84 from NE 181st Avenue in Gresham.

That ramp has seen other accidents where vehicles slammed into the concrete barriers in the 270-degree turn. For example, on May 17 a semi-truck collided with a car coming off the final turn (included in the video clip below). That crash closed one lane of the I-84 freeway for an hour.

Interstate 84 stayed open after Sunday’s fatal crash, but the ramp was closed for several hours.

An 11-year-old girl died when the van she was in rolled over at this exit ramp off I-84 West, Sept. 22, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

This exit ramp to I-84 west at 181st Avenue was closed for hours Sunday, Sept. 22, after this fatal crash. (KOIN 6 News)

There were four adults and five children in the van headed for a church service at the First Church of the Nazarene in Southwest Portland. The van belongs to the Salvados congregation, the pastor told KOIN 6 News.

The pastor also said road conditions were a factor in the crash.

All of the other vehicle occupants have been treated and released from the hospital.

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