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Ropes pull man from embankment wreck

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters work to remove a man after his vehicle crashed down a steep embankment on Southwest Barnes Road on Thursday morning.Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters used ropes to help rescue a man whose pickup truck hurtled 90 feet down a steep embankment on Southwest Barnes Road Thursday morning.

The vehicle left the roadway at about 7 a.m. near the Cedar Hills Boulevard intersection and lodged into thick brush and blackberries at the bottom of the hill.

The driver, who has not yet been identified, was trapped in the vehicle and first had to be extricated before he could be brought up the hill and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

TVF&R firefighters from the Cedar Hills fire station called for help from the agency's Technical Rescue Team. Beaverton Police also helped at the scene.

Barnes Road was closed for about 45 minutes during the rescue operation.

Police spokesman Officer Mike Rowe said the driver first struck a light box before leaving the roadway.