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Molalla rollover crash sends 6 to hospital

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A rollover crash in rural Clackamas County sent six people to the hospital on Saturday night. Two of them were taken by Life Flight helicopter.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a single SUV that had rolled over on South Family Camp Road, about seven miles south of Elk Prairie Road around 7:20 p.m. Saturday.

Sheriff's deputies say the driver, Tashne West, 18, of Mulino, was driving five of her friends in the family's Ford Bronco to go camping.

West told deputies she was driving 25 mph when the SUV began to accelerate on its own. She said she tried pushing on the brakes to slow it down but it didn't work, so she decided to pull off the side of the gravel road, which caused the vehicle to roll over several times.

Deputies say no one in the SUV was wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred. Two of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle. One 17-year-old passenger told officials that the SUV rolled over his hip and arm while another 17-year-old said the SUV came to rest on his knee, but his friends were able to move the vehicle off of him.

Everyone was conscious, breathing and were mobile when contacted by emergency personnel. Deputies said because of the remote location and type of crash, they decided to take two passengers by Life Flight to a local hospital while the other four occupants were taken by ground transportation.

Officials have determined that alcohol was not a factor in this crash, but they say this serves as a reminder to always wear your seat belt.

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