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Published on May 22, 2024
Two Critically Injured in Seven-Car Pileup on I-5 in Tualatin, Oregon State Police InvestigatingSource: Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue

Chaos unfolded on the Interstate 5 yesterday when a seven-car pileup on the northbound Nyberg Street off-ramp left two people critically injured, officials reported. According to KATU, the scene was discovered by Tualatin Police after multiple 9-1-1 calls at approximately 3:55 p.m. Witnesses had reported seeing a vehicle turned on its top with the driver trapped inside.

When rescue teams from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) arrived, they faced the grim task of stabilizing overturned vehicles to free the trapped individuals. "The two people who were trapped in the two separate cars had to be extricated," a TVF&R spokesperson stated. One victim was "rapidly extricated" from the vehicle that was flipped and taken in critical condition to a local trauma center. Another person required more time to free from another car that had come to rest on its side, as reported by KGW.

As crews worked to prioritize the rescue of those most critically injured, they took precautions against potential hazards. "Crews rescued people in the order of most critical, pulling a hose line as gas and fumes were leaking from multiple vehicles," TVF&R said in a statement obtained by KGW. The other individuals involved in the crash reportedly sustained minor injuries and did not require hospitalization.

While the immediate danger has passed, the investigation into what led to this multi-vehicle collision is just beginning. Oregon State Police are taking the lead in uncovering the cause, TVF&R confirmed. The aftermath of the crash saw the Interstate 5 off-ramp closed for several hours as crews cleared the scene and police began their inquiry.