Friday, December 28, 2012
Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon’s two-vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 35 about two miles north of Highway 26.
According to OSP, at approximately 2:30 p.m. a 2003 Subaru Forrester station wagon driven by Dayne M. Scanlon, 19, from West Linn, was northbound on Highway 35 near milepost 62 when Scanlon lost control and slid sideways on the snow- and ice-covered road into the southbound lane where it was struck in the passenger side by a 2012 Ford Edge driven by Duncan McPhail, 44, from southeast Portland.
The Subaru’s right rear passenger, Drake Aron Edwards, 20, from West Linn, was pronounced deceased as a result of the crash.
A doctor and members of the Mt. Hood Meadows ski patrol were at the scene providing emergency medical care to the victim before he was pronounced deceased.
Scanlon and right front passenger Warner Edwards, 20, the victim’s twin brother, were not injured. All were using safety restraints.
McPhail and a 40-year-old female passenger from north Portland were not injured. Both were using safety restraints.
The southbound lane was closed while OSP troopers, with the assistance of crash investigators from Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and West Linn Police Department, investigated at the scene.
Fire personnel from Parkdale and Hoodland departments assisted at the scene. Senior Trooper Mike Holloran is the lead investigator.
ODOT was on scene assisting with traffic control and scene clearance.
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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge