April 23 2017
A single vehicle crashed on highway 26 with two occupants. The SUV caught fire and numerous good Samaritans stopped to help pull the people and a dog from the vehicle.
On Saturday, April 09, 2016, at about 10:50 p.m., Sheriff's deputies were called to a single vehicle crash at the intersection of Hwy. 26 and Hwy. 6 near the city of Banks. Prior to the deputies arrival several people, including an off-duty Sheriff's Deputy, saw the vehicle in the median just after it crashed. The Jeep Cherokee was on fire and the two occupants were injured and unable to get out.
Four of the good Samaritans pulled a young woman and a dog from the SUV as it became engulfed in smoke and flames. The off-duty deputy pulled the driver, 18-year-old Jordan Moore from Hillsboro, out of the Jeep as the vehicle became fully engulfed in flames. None of the good Samaritan's were injured.
The woman was taken to Emanuel hospital by ambulance and her condition is unknown at this time. Mr. Moore was transported by lifeflight to Oregon Health Sciences University. His condition has been upgraded from critical to stable and he is expected to recover from his injuries.
The dog was unharmed and is being cared for by family. Her name is Gaby.
It is unknown at this time what caused the crash. Mr. Moore was driving west on Hwy. 26 and left the roadway at the Hwy. 6 turn off. The vehicle went into the median and went airborne over a large drainage ditch. The vehicle impacted the other side of the ditch and caught fire.
Sheriff's deputies are still investigating the crash.