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Woman, kids taken to the hospital following crash on Hwy 199

An afternoon single-vehicle crash on Redwood Highway sent multiple small children to the hospital.

Posted: Aug 21, 2019 6:20 PM

O'BRIEN, Ore. — A woman and three young children were taken to the hospital following a single-vehicle crash on Redwood Highway Wednesday afternoon, according to the Illinois Valley Fire District (IVFD).

Just before 4 p.m., Sheriff's deputies, firefighters and paramedics responded to reports of a single-vehicle crash on Hwy 199 a few miles north of the California border.

"A vehicle northbound left the roadway on the southbound side for unknown reasons," Illinois Valley Fire said in a post. "Let’s all remember to slow down when it is raining."

Firefighters used an airbag with a cylinder of compressed air to lift the car up slightly, allowing the driver's side doors to open.

The woman driving the car and one baby were quickly taken in an AMR ambulance to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. Two preschool-aged kids were taken in a second ambulance to the same hospital.

"Both ambulances were transporting code one," IVFD said. The agency did not say any more about their condition.

Crews blocked the highway for about 15 minutes while all of the patients were being loaded into the first ambulance, followed by alternating lanes of traffic during the second. The highway was fully reopened around 5:15 p.m.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by Oregon State Police.

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