Dirt bike rider flown to hospital after Browns Camp crash
Firefighters in Forest Grove and Banks were called to the Tillamook State Forest on Monday, June 17, after a man crashed a dirtbike and needed to be airlifted to a hospital.
Crews from the two fire stations were called to Browns Camp off Wilson River Highway at about 1:20 p.m., Monday, according to Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.
Initially, first responders didn't have a lot of information to go off of. They were told a person was having some sort of medical issue near Brown's Camp, a popular off-road recreation spot about a half-hour from Forest Grove.
Dispatchers were only able to get a general area of the incident, due to minimal cell phone coverage in the area, authorities said. Before more information could be obtained, the call dropped.
Fire crews arrived at Brown's Camp about 25 minutes later and learned that a person had crashed while riding a dirt bike on a trail in the Tillamook Forest. Crews drive about three miles on forest roads to reach a trail, then hiked their medical equipment to the patient, about a half-mile away.
It soon became clear that the patient needed more care, so fire crews from the two police agencies were able to carry the patient about a half-mile to a nearby road, where a LifeFlight helicopter transported him to a Portland hospital with serious injuries.
It took about two hours to locate, treat, then get the patient to the helicopter, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue said.
"If you plan to go recreate in wilderness areas, have a set plan of where you're going and make sure family or friends have knowledge of this," Forest Grove Fire & Rescue spokesman Matt Johnston said. "Knowing specific trails that you'll be using can greatly help emergency crews respond in these natural areas that have many roads and trails that aren't marked with names."
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