Driver hurt when car smashes into trailer on Hwy 99

Driver hurt when car smashes into trailer on Hwy 99
Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff's Office

NEAR SHERWOOD, Ore. - An injured driver was airlifted to a hospital Wednesday morning after their car smashed into a trailer being towed by a dump truck.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said the crash took place at about 6:45 a.m. when the driver hit the rear of a utility trailer near Garland Road and Highway 99 between Sherwood and Newberg.

The car became impaled on the trailer and was dragged a short distance, deputies said. Rescue crews were able to extricate the driver from the smashed car and deputies said the driver has life-threatening injuries.

The driver has not been identified and the cause of the crash is under investigation by the Oregon State Police. No one else was in the car. Deputies did not say if the dump truck driver was hurt.

A KATU photographer said there was no snow or ice on the roadway near the site of the crash.

Northbound lanes of Highway 99 were closed for a short time while a helicopter landed and the crash was cleared.

This story will be updated.