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Firefighters Use High Angle Rescue During Highway 34 Alcohol-Involved Injury Crash Near Alsea
December 13, 2012

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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A Corvallis-area man was cited by Oregon State Police (OSP) following an alcohol-involved single vehicle serious injury crash Wednesday afternoon along Highway 34 near Alsea. Utilizing high angle rescue personnel and equipment, firefighters removed the driver and passenger from the vehicle located about 60 feet down an embankment before they were transported to the hospital.
 
On December 12, 2012 at approximately 2:45 p.m., a 1991 Mazda 626 passenger car driven by PAUL M. HARDEN, age 28, from Corvallis, was eastbound on Highway 34 near milepost 28 when it travelled off the highway and down a steep embankment. HARDEN was seriously injured and passenger JOSHUA K. ROATH, age 35, from Corvallis, received minor injuries. Both occupants were removed from the vehicle and up the embankment by firefighters. They were transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.
 
Subsequent investigation by OSP resulted in HARDEN being cited for DUII - Alcohol. Additional charges may be pending.
 
OSP troopers were also assisted at the scene by Benton County Sheriff's Office, Alsea Fire Department, and Corvallis Fire Department.