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Rope Rescue Team Extricates Seriously Injured Woman Following Crash of Cliff - Highway 101 north of Newport

August 19, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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A 79-year old Siletz-area woman was seriously injured Monday afternoon when her vehicle traveled off a cliff along Highway 101 north of Newport. The woman was rescued by an interagency rope rescue team and taken to a Corvallis hospital. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation and seeking any witnesses who haven't spoken to troopers.

According to Lieutenant Justin McGladrey, on August 19, 2013 at approximately 2:55 p.m., a 1986 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by MARY P. FISCHER, age 79, from Siletz, was southbound on Highway 101 near milepost 134. According to a witness, the vehicle drove off the west side of the highway and down a cliff where it rolled at least once before coming to rest on its top.

The Lincoln County Rope Team, an interagency squad of fire personnel from agencies within Lincoln County, responded to the scene. Team members repelled down the cliff and secured the vehicle before extricating the woman from the car. FISCHER was taken to a REACH air ambulance waiting on the beach and transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis for treatment of serious injuries. She was using safety restraints.

During extrication and recovery, one lane was closed to travel for about 3 hours.

OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information about his crash is asked to contact Trooper Brett Danner at (541) 265-5354.

The Lincoln County Rope Team is comprised of members from Newport Fire Department, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, Toledo Fire Department, Seal Rock Fire Department, Yachats Fire Department, Central Coast Fire Department, and Depoe Bay Fire Department.

Assistance at the scene also provided by Newport Police Department and ODOT.


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