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Rural Metro Fire Saves Driver in Fiery Crash Over Embankment

Fire crews arrived to find a flaming car crashed off the side of Placer Road, with the driver lying hurt further below.

Posted: May 24, 2018 9:35 AM

SUNNY VALLEY, Ore. — Crews from Rural Metro Fire (RMF) were able to recover the driver of a crash on Wednesday in the 2500-block of Placer Road, east of Interstate-5.

Responding to reports of a crash in that area, RMF arrived to find a single car crashed about 20 feet over an embankment, 'fully-involved' with flames.

Firefighters found the driver further down the hillside, about 50 feet from the roadway. They could not determine at the time if she had been thrown from the car in the crash, or had been able to free herself and fell further down.

According to RMF, the fire had spread to about one-tenth of an acre of the surrounding brush and trees. RMF quickly knocked down the flames, and used a rope system to haul the driver back up the embankment.

The driver was transferred by American Medical Response to a Mercy Flights helicopter for air-transport to a hospital in Medford. She had 'serious injuries,' according to RMF.

The Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Police, Josephine County Sheriff's Office and Caveman Towing assisted at the scene.

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