OSP trooper injured in Hwy 30 crash identified


OSP trooper John Jeffries was critically injured in a crash on Hwy 30. (Courtesy: OSP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon State Police trooper who was critically injured on Highway 30 near St. Helens Thursday afternoon has been identified as John Jeffries.

Officials said Saturday medical staff are still determining the severity of his injuries and the internal trauma.

Jeffries was injured around 3:30 p.m. as troopers were pursuing a suspect fleeing from Longview, Washington when the driver rammed an OSP patrol car and struck Jeffries near Milepost 31, authorities said.

He was then rushed to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland and reported to be critically injured.

Jeffries retired from the FBI after 20 years before he started working with OSP in March. He’s been stationed at the St. Helens worksite.

“John served with honor,” the FBI said in a statement. “He was an agent’s agent – first in the door and always doing the right thing in the right way. He was a respected leader, and his retirement in 2016 was a loss for the FBI. “

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.

No other information is available at this time, including why the suspect was being pursued.

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