The crash closed the road Tuesday night east of Gaston. A man was reportedly trapped inside the truck.

COURTESY PHOTO: FOREST GROVE FIRE & RESCUE - Firefighters from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue and the Gaston Fire District work on a pickup truck that smashed into a tree east of Gaston on Tuesday, Feb. 6, trapping its single occupant inside.A serious crash had firefighters battling to extract a man from a truck on Dixon Hill Road east of Gaston Tuesday night, Feb. 6, according to Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.

The crash was reported to involve only a single vehicle, a pickup truck that struck a tree, containing a single occupant. The fire agency said a "LifeFlight" air ambulance was dispatched to medically evacuate the driver, who was reportedly trapped inside the "badly damaged" vehicle.

Firefighters from FGF&R, the Cornelius Fire Department and the Gaston Fire District worked for well over an hour to free the man from the truck.

"He was conscious throughout the call, but in a great amount of pain," said Dave Nemeyer, a spokesman for FGF&R, in an email Wednesday. Paramedics and ambulance crews worked to administer medical aid during the rescue operation, he added.

COURTESY PHOTO: FOREST GROVE FIRE & RESCUE - Forest Grove Fire & Rescue and other agencies respond to a single-vehicle crash that trapped a man inside this pickup truck for more than an hour on Dixon Mill Road Tuesday night, Feb. 6.Deputy Jeff Talbot, a spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff's Office, said the man was finally extracted at about 10:30 p.m., more than an hour and a half after the crash was reported at 8:53 p.m. by a nearby resident who heard the collision.

The man was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center by air ambulance with life-threatening "severe injuries to both legs," said Nemeyer.

The crash occurred in the 39800 block of Southwest Dixon Mill Road east of Gaston, according to Talbot. The road was closed at the scene following the crash.

Nemeyer described the collision as "nearly head-on" between truck and tree.

"The force of this impact was severe enough that it crushed the man under the crumpling metal pushed back by his left front tire and suspension parts crushing against the fenders and firewall and pinning his waist and legs," Nemeyer wrote.

The night didn't end there for the Gaston Fire District. The fire district reported early Wednesday morning, just after midnight, that a pickup truck struck a cow on Highway 47 just south of Gaston, temporarily closing the road.

No injuries were reported in the truck in the Highway 47 crash, a Facebook post from Gaston Fire stated, "but the same can't be said for the cow."

Editor's note: This story has been updated as of Wednesday afternoon with more information from the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, including to note that the crash victim was rescued and transported to the hospital, and information on an unrelated non-injury crash south of Gaston from the Gaston Fire District.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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