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Citizens Help Driver From Vehicle Before It Catches Fire - Highway 47 north of Highway 26
02/21/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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A 22-year old Milwaukie-area woman received non-life threatening injuries Tuesday afternoon when her car rolled down a steep 40-foot embankment along Highway 47 north of Highway 26. The woman was pulled from her smoking car by a Washington County transportation department employee and two citizens before the car became fully engulfed.
 
On February 21, 2012 at approximately 12:15 p.m. a 1996 Toyota Camry driven by ANDREA L. HAMMOND, age 22, from Milwaukie, was traveling southbound on Highway 47 near Pebble Creek Road when it traveled off the highway negotiating a curve. The car went down a steep embankment, rolling at least twice before it came to a stop.
 
HAMMOND remained inside the car as it started smoking. Larry Elverud, a Washington County Lane Use & Transportation Department employee, and two citizens went down to the vehicle, removed the driver and helped her up to the road. About one minute later the car was engulfed in flames.
 
HAMMOND was transported to Oregon Health & Sciences University for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. She was using safety restraints.
 
Oregon State Police troopers from the North Plains work site are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Mark McDougal is the lead investigator.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by Washington County Sheriff's Office, Banks Fire District and ODOT. Highway was closed for over 30 minutes. The vehicle was destroyed by the fire.
 
The two citizens who helped at the scene requested no media contact.