Woman trapped 18 hours with hand under hood

LifeFlight Medical helicopter (file)
LifeFlight Medical helicopter (file)

MOLALLA, Ore. (AP) – A fire official in Molalla, Ore., says a woman in her 70s spent 18 hours standing with her hand stuck under the hood of her pickup truck.

She was airlifted to a Portland hospital Thursday after neighbors out horseback riding heard her shouts and rescued her.

The Oregonian reports that Molalla Fire District Lt. Mike Penunuri says the woman was dressed in multiple layers – including two or three shirts, a vest and jacket – and that likely saved her life. Temperatures in the area Wednesday night dipped to about 36 degrees and there was light snow.

The fire official says the woman was hooking up a battery charger to her pickup’s battery Wednesday afternoon when the hood slammed down on her hand. He describes her as “one tough lady.”

The woman’s name was not released. Her condition was not available.

Molalla is a rural community about 25 miles south of Portland.

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