One person injured when car lands in river


Mapleton, Florence respond to emergency call

Mapleton Fire District and Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue (SVFR) responded to a single car rollover accident at 9:55 p.m. on June 17.

SVFR Captain Liz Iabichello said, “We were tapped out to a single vehicle rollover at milepost 17.5 on Highway 126. I was told the car was upside down in the river. Five members of Siuslaw Valley’s Rescue 1 extrication vehicle responded.”

According to SVFR Chief Director Jim Langborg, the fire department automatically responds to vehicle accidents in the Mapleton district that may involve heavy extrication.

“We have what is known as an automatic aid agreement with Mapleton Fire District. We are automatically dispatched to certain types of calls, such as motor vehicle accidents that sound like they could involve heavy extrication, because we have the heavy extrication equipment in the area. If it is a minor accident, or medical, we do not respond into their district,” Langborg said.

Iabichello said, “Mapleton called us while the units were responding and said a female subject was out and walking around. They asked that we continue to assist because she was in a difficult location to extricate.”

According to Iabichello, although only minor injuries were obvious, the victim

was transported to Peace Harbor Hospital to be checked out because of the heavy damage to the car and the possibility of internal injuries.

Mast Brothers Towing later extracted the car.

The name of the driver was not available by press time Tuesday.

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