Fire Crews Use Jaws of Life in Head On Crash

Rural Metro Fire says two drivers are recovering after a head on crash on Williams Highway near Murphy.

Posted: Jan. 13, 2018 9:26 AM
Updated: Jan. 13, 2018 9:51 AM

Williams Hwy, OR. -- On January 12, 2017 around 11 p.m. Rural Metro Fire says two drivers are recovering after a head on crash on Williams Highway near Murphy. 

Fire crews say a head-on crash was reported to Josephine County 911 in the 8000 block of Williams Hwy, just east of Murphy.

Rural Metro Fire & American Medical Response say they arrived to find a full size pickup on its side in the road, and a 4-door sedan in the ditch. They say the driver of the pickup had self-extricated, but the driver of the sedan was trapped inside.

Fire crews say they used hydraulic extrication tools, commonly referred to as the 'Jaws of Life', removed the entire roof of the sedan to gain access to the driver. They say he was extricated in just under 30 minutes, and then transported to Three Rivers Hospital with serious injuries. They say the driver of the pickup was also transported with non life-threatening injuries.

Rural Metro Fire says Williams Hwy was completely shut down for about an hour while rescue crews worked the incident. They say Applegate Valley Fire District and ODOT assisted at the scene with traffic control, and OSP is handling the investigation.

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