FOREST GROVE, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Crews have cleared a gruesome crash from the roadway just south of Forest Grove, according to the city’s fire department.
A post on Forest Grove Fire & Rescue’s Twitter account shows a mangled lower half of a car without a driver door in one photo and firefighters surrounding a wounded victim on a stretcher just off Fernhill Road.
The image was tweeted around 10:45 a.m.
Our injured passenger is out and on his way for the flight to the Legacy Emmanuel Trauma Center pic.twitter.com/PeCZmep5eN
— Forest Grove Fire (@ForestGroveFire) January 14, 2015
Forest Grove Fire Department spokesman Dave Nemeyer said three people were involved in the accident, estimated to have occurred around 9:30 a.m. Emergency workers quickly pulled two people — the driver and a child — from the car, but struggled to remove a third crash victim, an unidentified 15-year-old boy, according to Nemeyer.
With the roof pinning him into the front passenger seat, FGF&R crews worked for over an hour before successfully peeling away the car’s top. Nemeyer said the teen was conscious and talking throughout, but likely sustained broken legs and chest injuries.
Firefighters feared the car would slide down the slick embankment and injure rescue workers, but no one else was hurt, Nemeyer said.
Speed was likely a factor in the crash, according to Nemeyer, who noted that while the stretch of road is in the shade and often gets icy, ice was not a known problem.
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