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HIt and Run Driver Causes Multiple Car Crash

Date:  January 12, 2012
Location:  I-205, milepost 10, near Gladstone
Names:  Jack E. Townsend, Juanita Jensen, Dwight Gamler

A Monmouth man was injured in a three-vehicle accident on I-205 Thursday morning, near Gladstone. The collision also involved a Tri-Met bus, but no passengers were on board at the time.

Oregon State Police Trooper Cameron Bailey said the chain reaction started just before 6 a.m., when an unidentified vehicle passing cars on the right cut into the traffic lane, cutting off Juanita Jensen, 55, from Gladstone, who was driving a 1988 Ford Bronco. Jensen swerved hard to the left to avoid the car that cut her off, causing her Bronco to spin 180 degrees, after which it collided with a 1995 Volvo truck pulling a semi-trailer in the center lane being driven by Jack E. Townsend, 49, from Monmouth. After the initial collsion, a Tri-Met bus being driven by Dwight Gamler, 49, from Portland, was unable to stop before running into the back of Townsend’s trailer.

The report in The Oregonian says emergency responders from AMR ambulance service took Townsend to Providence Milwaukie Hospital with injuries that were not thought to be too serious. Neither Jensen nor Gamler were injured in the accident.

We would like to send our best wishes for a complete recovery to Jack Townsend after what must have been a very frightening accident.

Many questions arise out of a car crash. And unfortunately, our minds don’t often focus on recovering; they usually go directly to the financial – medical bills, insurance policies, lost wages. How will all the people affected by this accident get through it? Fortunately, victims have resources. That’s why we’re here. We’re not ambulance chasers; we’re lawyers who feel it is our duty to help injured people deal with the insurance companies. And the first thing these people should do after getting the medical help needed is to go to our website – not to give us business, but to read our free tips, download helpful documents, or request a free copy of our book. And if that’s not enough, they can always contact us to ask us any questions.

It’s hard enough dealing with an accident. It’s even harder to have questions in the back of your head: Who did this? Why did it happen? Some victims never get to learn the details that could help settle the mind, if not heal the injuries caused. Even if a lawsuit isn’t filed, knowing what happened and who was involved can be the start to dealing with what has happened. We would like to make a plea to the person who was driving the unidentified vehicle that triggered this accident to think about the people who have been affected, and to come forward and take responsibility. And if anyone at all has any information about what occurred, please, step up. The time is now.

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