Teen dies in crash down embankment off Hwy 6

Forest Grove Fire and Rescue had to cut open a car that crashed down an embankment off Hwy 6 on Feb. 23, 2019. (Forest Grove Fire) 

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A teenager died after a car crashed and went down an embankment off Hwy 6 Saturday morning. 

Five teenagers were in the black Kia Soul heading eastbound when it drifted off the road and hit a large tree before going down the 35 to 40-foot embankment. Oregon State Police have not determined what caused the car to go off the road. 

Forest Grove Fire and Rescue said firefighters had to cut the car open to get the people out and then used a stokes basket to lift them out of the embankment. 

One of the passengers died at the scene. Metro West took the other four to trauma hospitals. 

Forest Grove Fire said there were also pets in the car. 

The crash happened on Hwy 6 near NW Schmidt Hill Drive between Gales Creek Road and Lyda Drive. The area was closed for four hours but has since reopened.  

Forest Grove Fire also said a second crash happened nearby around the same time. The second crash was a rollover but no one was hurt. 

This is the same stretch of Hwy 6 where a driver allegedly fleeing police officers crashed into the creek on Friday, Feb. 15. 

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