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Driver suffered a medical episode causing the crash, emergency responders explain

COURTESY PHOTO: COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - Three people were transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in a single-vehicle crash in Rainier on Sunday, July 14. The driver is believed to have had a medical episode prior to the crash which left the driver unable to stop the car.Three people were transported to the hospital after a single-vehicle crash in Rainier on Sunday, July 14.

Columbia River Fire and Rescue were called to Highway 30 and B Street around 3 p.m. Sunday after a serious-injury crash was reported.

Jennifer Motherway, a spokesperson for CRFR, indicated that the driver was traveling on Fernhill Road going towards B Street, when the driver suffered from a medical episode and was unable to stop the vehicle.

When the vehicle crashed, Motherway said it landed with all four tires on the ground and avoided striking power lines in the area.

"Ultimately the driver was lucky to have avoided the power lines as well as landed with all four tires on the ground," Motherway said by email. "There was extrication required by our firefighters in order to get the patients out of the vehicle as well."

When the vehicle crashed, it landed in resident's yard. The homeowner was outside watering plants, but was not injured, CRFR reported.

Emergency responders initially called for LifeFlight and temporarily closed the highway, but the call was ultimately canceled due to timing, Motherway explained. The driver was transported by ambulance with critical injuries. Two others were also transported, but CRFR did not indicate the severity of the injuries.


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