Two injured in Hwy 35 crash

Two injured in Hwy 35 crash
Photo by Oregon State Police

NEAR MOUNT HOOD, Ore. – Two people were injured in a crash on Highway 35 near Mt. Hood Meadows Monday night.

Police said alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Cornelio Diaz Flores, 28, was driving a Honda Accord northbound on the highway when the car slid off the road into the Pocket Creek Sno Park, where it hit three parked cars, police said.

Flores and passenger Cesar Zarate-Mendoza, 17, were both unconscious. Two nurses who were nearby when they heard the crash ran to the scene and started providing emergency care.

They were not wearing seat belts, police said.

Zarate-Mendoza was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to OHSU in Portland with serious injuries.

Flores was taken by ambulance to a Hood River hospital. He is expected to survive his injuries.

Police said he was driving with a suspended license.