Emergency crews recover vehicle Monday night, no one discovered in or near car

PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews responded to a car crash outside of Rainier on Monday, Oct. 2. When crews repelled down the embankment to the vehicle, they discovered no one inside and police determined the vehicle was stolen out of Cowlitz County.Columbia River Fire and Rescue firefighters recovered a stolen vehicle crashed and abandoned just outside of Rainier on Monday, Oct. 2.

Around 12:20 p.m. Monday afternoon, crews from the Columbia River Fire and Rescue Rainier fire station were dispatched to milepost 46 on Highway 30 after a 911 caller reported the crash and was concerned the driver was injured.

Emergency crews repelled down the 100-foot embankment where the vehicle was crashed and found the vehicle unoccupied. No one was found near the vehicle, reports from CRFR state.

The Rainier Police Department confirmed the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Cowlitz County. It was later towed from the scene.

One fire engine and one medic unit were dispatched to the scene and two special rescue units from Scappoose and Clatskanie were initially dispatched, but were recalled.

The Rainier Police Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation also assisted at the scene of the crash. Details about the stolen vehicle were not provided, but images from CRFR display a white sedan.

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