Date: June 4, 2011
Location: Hwy 26 Near Milepost 53, Government Camp
Names: Mark G. Oosterman, Daniel R. Heis
Two men were injured, one critically, in a crash on the west end of Government Camp.
At about 6am, according to Oregon State Troopers (OSP), Mark G. Oosterman, age 25 of Sandy, was driving a 2001 Subaru Forrester east on Highway 26 near milepost 53. For an unknown reason, Oosterman lost control of the vehicle causing it to travel off the right shoulder. The vehicle hit some rocks and flipped multiple times before coming to rest with its front end immersed in a small creek.
Oosterman and his passenger, Daniel R. Heis, age 25 of Fairview, were ejected from the vehicle. Oosterman ended up face-down in the water and was pulled out by Mt. Hood ski patrol members who happened to be near the crash scene. The ski patrol members administered emergency medical care to both occupants until other emergency responders arrived.
Oosterman and Heis were airlifted to Oregon Health & Sciences University for treatment. Oosterman was reported to be critically injured, while Heis was listed in serious condition.
OSP is investigating the cause of the crash, but it is believed that alcohol is a contributing factor.
Our thoughts and prayers are with both occupants Oosterman and Heis as they recover from their injuries. We sincerely hope that they will experience a full recovery in the quickest time possible.
There’s no way to know what actually happened to cause this tragic crash without further investigation. This is certainly a situation that can get complicated fast. A competent Portland injury attorney can help guide you through the process.