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Columbia City man airlifted after Saturday afternoon crash

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A Columbia City man was airlifted from the scene of a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 30 and Pacific St., in Columbia City on Saturday, May 3.

The crash occurred just after 12 p.m and personnel from Columbia River Fire and Rescue (CRF&R) found a BMW sedan and a tow truck on the west side of the highway, near the intersection.

The driver of the BMW, a man, was pinned inside. Firefighters immediately began the process of extricating him from the wreckage. Columbia River Fire and Rescue Chief Jay Tappan notes that it took approximately 30 minutes to remove the injured driver from the BMW.

LifeFlight was summoned and landed on the highway near the site of the crash for easy and rapid transport of the victim to a Portland area hospital.

The tow truck driver was not injured.

The highway was closed in both directions for an hour while the extrication and patient stabilization occurred.
CRF&R responded with three engine companies, one ambulance, one rescue unit and two command vehicles – a total of 16 firefighters and command staff responded.

The Oregon State Police is in charge of this investigation. The Columbia City Police Department, St. Helens Police Department and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene. The accident is being investigated by the Oregon State Police.