Four dead in Sandy-area crash despite heroics

Crash happened around 2:30 a.m. near SE Lusted and Hudson Road

Four people were killed in a car crash north of Sandy, Ore., Aug. 11, 2014. (KOIN 6)
Four people were killed in a car crash north of Sandy, Ore., Aug. 11, 2014. (KOIN 6)

CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Four people were killed in a fiery single-car crash north of Sandy early Monday morning.

Just before 2:30 a.m., neighboring residents heard a “a big bang” near SE Lusted and Hudson Road. One of the neighbors, Duane Mickelson, said he initially thought a power line had fallen down and came outside to find a flaming car smashed into a tree.

Acting swiftly, Mickelson noticed multiple people were still in the vehicle and, while calling 911, pulled one of the victims from the wreckage before the car became fully engulfed.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the driver and two passengers dead inside the vehicle. The passenger pulled from the car, who Mickelson said was a child, died in the hospital.

Mickelson said two dogs were also in the car and managed to escape the fire. One of the dogs was found alive within the next several hours, and using the pet’s microchip, may be able to help identify the crash victims.

Todd Jones, another neighbor, said crashes in the dimly lit stretch have happened before.

The intersection of SE Lusted and Hudson Road was closed during an investigation of the scene. It was reopened around 7:30 a.m.

 

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