Truck Driver Loses Consciousness, Hits Work Crew Member
Date: February 12, 2014
Location: I-5, Wilsonville
Name: Angela Marie Baca
Police report that Angela Marie Baca, 40, of Portland, was working as part of an inmate work crew with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. As she was working, a southbound tractor trailer went off the road and landed in a ditch. As it was falling, it sideswiped a work crew truck as well as injured three crew members.
Baca was the most seriously injured and had to be rushed to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital for emergency surgery. She is currently listed as being in good condition. The two other injured crew members were evaluated at the scene and then returned to Inverness Jail.
Following the accident, the sheriff’s office requested that the rest of Baca’s sentence be vacated so she could have unrestricted visitation access for family and friends at the hospital. The request was granted.
The driver of the rig, Edwin Gagarin, of Sunnyvale, Calif., reported that the accident occurred after he lost consciousness while driving. The accident is still under investigation and it is not known if Gagarin will be charged.
We would like to wish Angela Marie Baca a full recovery from the injures she suffered in this serious accident.
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