6 hurt when van slams truck; 1 critical

Six people were hurt, three critically, when this van hit the back of the tanker truck on I-5 in Marion County, Jan. 18, 2014 (OSP)
Six people were hurt, three critically, when this van hit the back of the tanker truck on I-5 in Marion County, Jan. 18, 2014 (OSP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Six people were hurt when a minivan collided with a tanker trailer on I-5 in Marion County. One youth was critically hurt and two others suffered serious injuries.

The critically injured teen is Carlos Daniel Perez, who recently won the state and regional boxing championships. The 14-year-old was set to compete in the National Silver Gloves championship later in January.

Officials said he was not wearing a seat belt.

The six people hurt were all in the van, officials said, when it rammed into the back of a commercial truck pulling the tanker around 9:50 a.m. at the Donald/Aurora interchange. The tanker contained 27,000 gallons of latex, but there was no spill.

The Dodge Caravan was driven by Heron Mendez, 66, from Springfield. He and two other passengers, Jacob Williams, 36, and Louis Zenon-Meza, 28, were taken by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel in Portland and are expected to recover.

The boxer’s father and sister were also injured. Carlos Perez-Trujillo, 41, and Sarah Perez, 12, were rushed to OHSU with serious injuries.

The driver of the truck, 68-year-old Richard Reienmuth of Gering, Nebraska, was not hurt.

It was foggy at the time of the crash, which is still under investigation.

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