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Log Truck Driver Helps Prevent Car From Going Down Embankment Toward River - Highway 22 north of Grand Ronde
04/27/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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A log truck driver helped prevent a Volkswagen Bug from possibly continuing down a 100-foot embankment Friday afternoon into a river when he stopped and helped a McMinnville woman alongHighway 22 (Hebo Highway) north of Grand Ronde in Yamhill County. The log truck driver's name is not available for this release.
 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper Creed Cummings, on April 27, 2012 at approximately 2:30 p.m. a 1998 Volkswagen Bug driven by CONNIE L. WEYGANDT, age 62, from McMinnville, was traveling westbound on Highway 22 near milepost 17. As WEYGANDT was reportedly looking at the scenery, her car traveled off the shoulder and came to a stop at the top of a steep 100-foot embankment above the South Yamhill River.
 
Due to the embankment's steep grade, the car's left rear tire was precariously off the ground. A log truck driver stopped and secured the car to his truck with a cable, preventing it from continuing down the embankment and allowing WEYGANDT to get to safety.
 
A local tow company came to the scene and towed the car back to the highway. WEYGANDT was able to drive it from the scene.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and West Valley Fire District.