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AGNESS, Ore. — Emergency crews airlifted a man to the hospital following a single-vehicle crash near the town of Agness in Curry County on Tuesday, according to Sheriff John Ward.
The agency received a call shortly after 2 p.m. from an Agness resident reporting that he had heard "a loud crash" and saw a dust cloud rising near his home just east of Cougar Lane, near the intersection of Bear Camp Road and Agness Road.
The caller said that he went over to the area, but could see nothing over the steep embankment due to thick trees and brush — but he reported hearing "someone screaming in pain" down below.
Deputies, firefighters, and paramedics responded to the scene. Crews from Agness Fire and Rescue could only access the crashed vehicle from the bottom of the caller's property. The vehicle was lodged about 100 feet below Agness Road, near the mouth of Shasta Costa Creek.
"The driver and only occupant in the vehicle had crawled out of the mangled wreck and they were able to put him on a backboard to get him back to the caller’s driveway where they were met by Deputies and the Gold Beach Fire Department," Sheriff Ward said.
The driver was later identified as 26-year-old Keenon Moore of Newport. Ward said that Moore had been staying in Agness, and had borrowed someone else's vehicle prior to the crash.
Deputies shut down Agness Road at the intersection with Bear Camp Road while a Reach helicopter crew landed and took Moore away to a hospital in the Rogue Valley.
A family member told NewsWatch 12 that Moore has a broken elbow, fractured pelvis, and both internal and external bruises and cuts. He will likely be transferred to a rehabilitation facility once he is healed enough to begin recovery there.