Woman extracted from crushed vehicle in crash with semi truck
A pair of vehicle crashes in northern Marion County sent several people to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries on back-to-back days.
Emergency responders were dispatched to a head-on crash on Monday at 8:17 a.m. that left a woman trapped in her vehicle underneath the wreckage of a tipped over semi-tractor and trailer near the crossing of Ehlen Road Northeast and Donald Road Northeast.
Several passers-by had stopped and attempted to assist the driver, but were unable to get her out of the vehicle before crews from the Aurora Fire District arrived on scene. Fire crews found a semi truck and trailer on its side, blocking the entire road and located the woman inside her vehicle, which was partially crushed under the trailer in the ditch.
After making contact with the driver, Aurora Fire crews, along with additional firefighters from St. Paul that arrived soon after worked to extract the woman from the car over the course of 23 minutes, treating her injuries and disassembling the vehicle around her.
The woman was eventually freed, where she was moved to a waiting Woodburn Ambulance and transported to an area trauma hospital with moderate injuries.
Marion County Sheriffs remained on the scene to conduct an investigation, determining that the truck was traveling eastbound on Ehlen Road prior to the collision. Witnesses reported the operator of the truck, 37-year old Andrew Addo of Tacoma, was not driving within his lane prior to colliding with the woman's vehicle.
Addo, who stayed on the scene following the crash, was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries, where he was cited and released for reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person and fourth-degree assault.
The crash was the second major collision in the area in consecutive days that resulted in lengthy road closures.
On Sunday at 4:30 p.m., deputies were dispatched to 8000 block of McKay Road Northeast to the report of a roll over crash involving a single vehicle. Emergency crews arrived to find the lone occupant of the vehicle, 61-year old Dana Witt of Newberg, trapped inside the vehicle.
After extricating her, Witt was transported by Life Flight to a Portland-area hospital, where she was cited and released for DUII.
While emergency crews were on the scene, two additional crashes occurred in the immediate area that resulted in no injuries, but closed traffic for approximately one and a half hours during the investigation.
In addition to the listed agencies, crew members from Marion County Public Works, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Keizer Police Department, METCOM 911, and the Willamette Valley Communications Center were involved.
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