Firefighters Rescue One from Submerged Vehicle

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue - 02/15/19 

This morning at 8:20, firefighters were dispatched to a reported motor vehicle crash on NW Wilson River Highway (Oregon Highway 6) near the 55900 block. It was reported that the vehicle was involved in a pursuit with law enforcement and had crashed into the Gales Creek. The driver of the vehicle had made it out of the vehicle and was pulled to shore by law enforcement officers prior to fire units arriving. Minutes later, firefighters arrived and began to deploy water rescue equipment to try and access the heavily damaged vehicle that sat partially submerged in the very cold water. It was found that a passenger was entrapped in the vehicle and a plan was established to use tow trucks to pull the vehicle to shore and then bring it up to the roadway.

It took crews about 30 minutes from dispatch time to bring the vehicle to shore and another 30 minutes to get the vehicle from the shore up the steep embankment to the roadway to extricate the passenger from the vehicle. Using heavy hydraulic rescue tools, it took firefighters 20 minutes to free the passenger from the vehicle and transport them to a local trauma hospital.
Please refer to Washington County Sheriff’s Office or Oregon State Police for further details regarding the incident.

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue was assisted on scene by Banks Fire District, Metro West Ambulance, Oregon State Police, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Forest Grove Police, Beaverton Police, North Plains Police, ODOT, Gales Creek Towing, Cops Towing and Hillsboro Towing.