PMR Recovers Body of Motor Vehicle Accident Victim
Sunday, August 31, 2003
At the request of the Clackamas Country (OR) Sheriff's Office, eight
Portland Mountain Rescue volunteers responded Sunday morning to
recover the body of a motor vehicle accident victim.
The victim, a male approximately 28 years old, had been ejected from
a vehicle after it left a rural road late Saturday night. Details
are still under investigation, but evidently two men were
driving on Abbott Road, a relatively straight gravel road, outside
of the town of Estacada when the driver lost control sending the
truck rolling about 100 feet down an embankment.
It is unknown if the deceased party was driving or if he was the
passenger, but he was thrown another 65 feet down the hill and died
from the resulting injuries. The other person in the truck was
injured, but able to crawl up the hill and walk until finding
another motorist to summon help. Alcohol is suspected to be a
factor in the accident, but that has not been officially stated as the cause.
The area of the crash was steep enough that technical extraction was
needed, so PMR placed the man's body into a rescue litter and hauled
it up to the roadside. The effort required a simple pulley and
rope system much the same as used for cliff and crevasse rescues. PMR
specializes in these types of technical rescues and will respond to
non-mountain missions, like this one, as local authorities require.