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Off-Duty Trooper, Gold Beach Citizen Help Rescue Injured Man From Burning Pickup - Highway 101 south of Gold Beach
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Gold Beach-area man and an off-duty Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper helped rescue a 74-year old man Monday afternoon from a pickup that caught fire following a single vehicle traffic crash south of Gold Beach. OSP is continuing the investigation into the cause of the injury traffic crash.
According to Sergeant Scott Punch, on September 26, 2011 at approximately 12:55 p.m. a Dodge Dakota pickup driven by KEITH HISLOP, age 74, from Brookings, was southbound on Highway 101 near milepost 332 when, for an unknown reason, it traveled off the roadway, crashed and a fire started in the engine compartment.
While HISLOP remained injured inside the pickup, off-duty OSP Senior Trooper Brad Van Prooyen stopped at the scene and used a fire extinguisher to keep the flames confined to the engine compartment while Gold Beach resident Bill O'Connor cut the seat belt off HISLOP. With the help of others who stopped at the scene, they pulled HISLOP from the burning pickup and carried him to a safe location.
Coos Forrest Patrol and Gold Beach Fire Department responded and extinguished the vehicle fire.
HISLOP was transported by Cal/Or Ambulance to Curry General Hospital for treatment of burns and other injuries.
OSP troopers from the Gold Beach work site are continuing the investigation. Curry County Sheriff's Office and Gold Beach Police Department assisted at the scene.
Van Prooyen works in the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division at the Gold Beach work site.