Three People Dead in Saturday Night Crashes in Rural Clackamas County

Three people are dead and several hospitalized after a spate of crashes Saturday night in rural Clackamas County.

A two-car collision was reported at approximately 5:25 p.m. on Highway 211 near South Macksburg Road, two miles east of Molalla. Oregon State Police, Molalla Fire and Colton Fire districts responded to the scene, and the road was closed for several hours afterward.

OSP investigators said 64-year-old Molalla resident Robert Nolz was driving southbound in a Ford pickup on Hwy 211 when he crossed the centerline for unknown reasons and struck a Chevy Tahoe driven by Nancy Sowers, a 79-year-old Colton resident.

Both drivers sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced dead. A passenger in the Tahoe, Nancy Slocum, 62, also of Colton, was transported to OHSU with serious injuries.

Shortly after 7, Colton Fire reported a single-vehicle incident on Grimm Road, that left the driver and a passenger trapped 20 feet down an embankment. Both occupants were recovered and transported to area trauma centers. Clackamas Fire and Canby Fire District assisted with medic units.

At approximately 7:25 p.m., first responders were called to a single-vehicle crash on Highway 26 near SE Weber Road, east of Sandy.

OSP said this crash involved a Toyota Camry, operated by 29-year-old James Gerhardt, of Rhododendron, which left the roadway for unknown reasons and rolled several times.

Gerhardt sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead.

Eastbound lanes of Highway 26 were closed at the crash scene Saturday night while police investigated. OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Clackamas County Fire and Medics, and ODOT.

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