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Drivers, weather causing safety concerns for Hood to Coast participants

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

More than 17,000 walkers and runners are taking part in the annual Hood to Coast Relay and drivers need to take extra precaution while driving on area highways. 

The Hood to Coast route takes participants from Mount Hood to Seaside including a stretch along Highway 30.

One team van was involved in an accident early Friday morning when a car rear-ended them.

The 'Wonder Women' team van was stopped in traffic on HWY 30, waiting to turn into an exchange point at Scappoose High School when the driver hit them.

The driver was cited for careless driving. One woman sitting in the back of the van had to be cut out. She went to the hospital to get checked out and was later released.

The Wonder Women take part in the walking event Portland to Coast every year. The team members are grateful the crash wasn't worse, but their race is over.

"This happens every single year. You know there's going to be traffic. Plan ahead, plan extra time to get where you are and don't text and drive," said Wonder Women team member Lynnette Klaus.

ODOT is asking drivers to watch out for relay participants, as well as about 3,000 support vehicles involved in the event.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is also doing some extra patrols along Highway 30.

Weather is also a safety factor during the relay. 

Participants will be battling high winds and rain as they make their way to the coast on Saturday. 

Hood to Coast continues through Saturday 29.

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