Photo Story: Ore. Crews Work for 90 Minutes to Free Driver

Portland and Tualatin firefighters encountered a complicated extrication when a pickup truck crashed into a freeway sign.


Firefighters from Portland extricated a driver of a pickup truck after it crashed into a freeway sign on Nov. 18. 

Portland Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to the scene of a vehicle accident on southbound Interstate 5 near the Taylor's Ferry exit at 9:12pm. The original caller reported seeing a pick-up truck "embedded" in a light pole.

When fire crews arrived they reported a full size pick-up truck had impacted a steel freeway sign with significant damage to the vehicle and one individual was trapped.

Portland and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews began extrication efforts, which involved using several cutting devices and hydraulic spreading tools to free the adult male in his mid 50's.

Portland's Heavy Rescue Squad was dispatched to the scene to provided additional equipment for the complicated extrication.

After approximately 90 minutes of work by the crews, the patient was removed and transported to Oregon Health & Science University with serious injuries. There was only one patient involved in this accident.