HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN 6) — As police pursued, a wrong-way driver hit a Volvo head-on and a trailing car hit the Volvo, injuring three people on a Hillsboro road around 2 a.m. Saturday.
Police said they were called to Highway 26 east of NW Cornelius Pass Road because a Hyundai was stopped in the westbound lanes, but facing east. As police approached, the Hyundai driver – a 57-year-old woman – sped away in the wrong direction.
Washington County deputies and Beaverton police were called to help shut down the westbound traffic on Highway 26 as Hillsboro police chased the Hyundai.
Near the Sylvan Road exit, authorities said, the Hyundai hit the Volvo head-on, and a trailing Nissan hit the Volvo.
The drivers of those cars were taken to a hospital for treatment of their injuries, and then released.
The Hyundai driver suffered a broken back, ribs and hip and remains hospitalized in Portland, authorities said.
Investigators said the early indications are that drugs and alcohol were not factors in this crash, and no citations have been issued at this time.
The investigation continues.