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4th of July Starts Out Bad for One Mid-Valley DriverSalem-News.com Staff
In all, it took personnel 22 minutes to free the patient from the vehicle.
(MT. ANGEL, Ore. . ) - At 04:33 a.m. Friday, Marion County Fire District No. 1 Firefighters and Paramedics were dispatched to an injury vehicle crash on Rambler Drive NE, near Yew Tree Lane NE, west of Mt. Angel in rural Marion County.
A passerby in the area noticed gravel on the roadway as he was making his morning drive and stopped to investigate. The passerby discovered a vehicle that had just moments before had rolled off the roadway and down an embankment.
The passerby, name unavailable, noted the vehicle was still occupied and was still running. The passerby then called 911 to report the crash.
MCFD1 Firefighters and Paramedics arrived and immediately went to work reaching the vehicle and then began the process of assessing the lone occupant of the vehicle who was trapped in the vehicle under the crushed roof of the car.
Using specialized hydraulic extrication equipment (known as the Jaws of Life), the firefighters began extricating the patient from the mangled vehicle. In all, it took personnel 22 minutes to free the patient from the vehicle.
Once extricated, the patient was then packaged and then moved up the side of the embankment to a waiting ambulance. The patient was then transported to Salem Hospital, the local Level II Trauma Center, for further treatment of injuries.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office also responded to the incident and is continuing to investigate this crash. At this time, it was unknown if alcohol or speed were factors in the crash.
Source: Marion County Fire District No.1
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