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Good Samaritans Help Save Woman Trapped in Vehicle Fire on Highway 30
04/20/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Vancouver, Washington woman was critically injured Saturday morning when she lost control of her sport utility vehicle during a heavy hail storm on Highway 30 at Clatskanie Hill and crashed off an embankment. Several unknown good Samaritans stopped at the scene and helped right her vehicle which had caught fire, and removed her from the vehicle.
 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Randy Fargher, on April 19, 2008 at approximately 12 noon a 2000 Toyota 4 Runner driven by MICHELE CHRISTENSEN, age 53, from Vancouver, Washington was eastbound traveling up Clatskanie Hill near milepost 58 when she lost control and crossed 3 lanes of travel. The Toyota went off an embankment, flipped and came to rest on its right side against a tree.
 
CHRISTENSEN was partially ejected out the passenger side window and pinned between the vehicle and a tree as a fire started in the engine compartment. Several unknown individuals who came upon the scene stopped, righted the vehicle and removed her from it.
 
CHRISTENSEN was treated at the scene by local fire / medical responders before being transported to St. Johns Hospital. She is to be transferred by ambulance to Oregon Health Sciences University.
 
Any witnesses to this crash is asked to contact Senior Trooper Fargher at (503) 397-0325 ext. 41.