SANDY, Ore. – A 25-year-old Sandy man was seriously hurt Friday afternoon when an SUV crashed into the tractor he was driving on Highway 26.
It happened about two miles east of Sandy at around 4:15 p.m.
Police said 32-year-old Christopher Huntley of Portland was driving westbound on the highway when the vehicle in front of him suddenly swerved to avoid a slow-moving tractor. Huntley tried to swerve as well, but couldn’t avoid hitting the tractor.
The crash forced the tractor off the highway and pinned the driver, 25-year-old Matthew Grassl, underneath. Firefighters pulled him out from under the wreckage. Grassl was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.
Police said Grassl had borrowed the tractor and was driving it to his home in Sandy.
Huntley was not hurt in the crash.
Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash, including the first driver who swerved to avoid the tractor, to call Trooper Scott McLeod at 503-731-3020, ext. 406.