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Day Before Birthday, Salem Man Survives 300 Foot Plunge off Highway 20 in Santiam Pass Area
05/06/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Salem-area man survived a Thursday morning crash in the Santiam Pass area in which he lost control of his sport utility vehicle, crashed through a guardrail and traveled approximately 300 feet down an embankment before coming to a stop. He was extricated from his vehicle and brought back up to the highway by fire and medical personnel before being transported for non-life threatening injuries.
 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Derek Bischoff, on May 6, 2010 at approximately 9:44 a.m. a 2002 GMC Yukon sport utility vehicle driven by PETER A. CHAMBERLAIN, age 50, from Salem, was eastbound on Highway 20 near milepost 79 when CHAMBERLAIN lost control and struck the guardrail. The GMC crashed through the railing and went down an embankment approximately 300 feet before coming to a stop.
 
Bischoff arrived at the scene three minutes later and made his way down the embankment to CHAMBERLAIN while fire and medical personnel responded. CHAMBERLAIN had non-life threatening injuries and was later extricated from his vehicle by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue and fire department personnel.
 
CHAMBERLAIN was transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with non-life threatening injuries. Safety restraint use is pending confirmation.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by Sisters Fire Department, Bend Fire Department, Black Butte Fire Department, Deschutes County Sheriffs Office, and ODOT.