by: MARION COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT - One person was injured in a single-vehicle crash that occurred early on the morning of July 4 on Ramble Drive Northeast, west of Mount Angel.One person was injured in an early morning single-vehicle crash on July 4 on Rambler Drive Northeast, near Yew Tree Lane Northeast, west of Mount Angel.

According to the Marion County Fire District, at approximately 4:30 a.m., a passer-by noticed gravel on the roadway as he was making his morning drive and stopped to investigate.

The passer-by discovered a vehicle that had rolled off the roadway and down an embankment moments earlier.

The passer-by noted the vehicle was occupied and still running and called 911 to report the crash.

Firefighters and paramedics arrived and began assessing the lone occupant of the vehicle, who was trapped under the crushed roof of the car.

Using the Jaws of Life, 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 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 driver was not identified by the Marion County Fire District, and no further information about his or her injuries or treatment was offered.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office also responded to the incident and is continuing to investigate this crash. At press time, it has not been made known whether drugs, alcohol or speed were factors in the incident.

In all, three engine companies, one heavy rescue, one ambulance and personnel responded to the scene.

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