Oregon Truck Crash Requires Heavy Extrication

At approximately 1:30 a.m. Canby Fire units were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash involving a transport delivery truck near the address 24400 S. Barlow Rd.

When Firefighters arrived they found a single-axle refrigeration truck that had been traveling south on Barlow Rd and was lying on its driver side. Firefighters found the driver of the truck still in the vehicle, conscious and alert, but entrapped.

Realizing the extrication difficulty additional fire units were summons to assist with extrication. Firefighters first removed the windshield utilizing a window saw. Next they cut and removed the windshield pillars (A Posts) using the hydraulic cutting tool. Two hydraulic rams were required to literally push the cab's top open creating and larger opening. Once open a firefighter entered the cab to further evaluate the situation. Before the victim could be removed firefighters again deployed the cutting tool to remove the steering wheel to gain addition space within the cab.

After approximately 30 minutes of extrication efforts the victim was successfully removed, evaluated, and treated. Although injuries do not appear life threatening, however, due to the nature of the incident, the adult male victim was entered into the trauma system and transported to OHSU. Barlow Road was closed for more than an hour during the incident and tow procedures. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is conducting the investigation.


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