CANBY, Oregon - Today at 1:11 pm in the 700 block of SE First Ave. in Canby (Highway 99 and Pine Street), police and medical personnel responded to an injury traffic crash involving two vehicles. Prior to the crash witnesses reported seeing the 35 year old male, the only occupant of the vehicle, driving erratically northbound right before leaving its designated lane of travel and hitting a second vehicle driving southbound head on.
The 35 year old male was transported by ambulance in critical condition. While in transport and prior to arriving at the hospital, the subject died from what appears to be causes unrelated to the crash. The specific cause of death is unknown and the Clackamas County Medical Examiner is investigating the cause of death.
Four of the occupants of the second vehicle were transported to local hospitals by ambulance, and the fifth was airlifted by Life Flight with what appears to be non-life threatening injuries. A total of six people were in the second vehicle at the time of the crash that included a combination of adults and minors. The remaining occupants of the second vehicle do not have life threatening injuries and the investigation is continuing.
Highway 99 northbound was shut down for emergency responders from Canby Police Department, Canby Fire District and Clackamas County Fire District to assist those with medical needs and to allow police to conduct the investigation.