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Multnomah County inmates injured; Joseph Anaya, 25, cited for careless driving

PHOTO COURTESY: MILWAUKIE POLICE - At 10:52 a.m. Jan. 9, police respond to the crash on westbound side of the highway near the Lake Road exit.Milwaukie police cited a van driver for careless driving Wednesday morning after he crashed PHOTO COURTESY: MILWAUKIE POLICE - Joseph Anaya is cited for careless driving after the 25-year-old crashed into a Multnomah County Corrections work crew.into a Multnomah County Corrections work crew clearing an area along Highway 224, injuring two inmates.

At 10:52 a.m. Jan. 9, police responded to the crash on westbound side of the highway near the Lake Road exit. They found that the driver of the Chevrolet work van — 25-year-old Joseph Anaya — was uninjured after crashing into the back of the ODOT truck escorting the work-crew members.

One person on the work crew was injured in the crash by being ejected from the back of the ODOT truck, and the other inmate was struck while standing next to the vehicle. The two work crew members were identified only as men who are 33 and 27. They were transported to the hospital with what were described by police as "non-life-threatening injuries."

Anaya remained on scene and cooperated with the police investigation, which determined that he had not been impaired by drugs or alcohol. His vehicle had severe front-end damage and had to be towed from the scene.

"Milwaukie police would like to remind drivers to slow down and move over one lane to the left to create a safe distance between disabled vehicles, work crews and emergency vehicles parked on the shoulder of the road," said Milwaukie Officer Brad Walther.

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