Firefighters lift truck off accident victim
- Jim Redden
- Portland Tribune - News
Update: Police identify victims
Portland firefighters used their physical strength to quickly free a man trapped under a flipped-over truck during an early Sunday accident.
Even the fire chief on the scene was surprised how the rescue unfolded.
"I was impressed to watch our firefighters collectively circle the overturned truck and lift it off the man pinned underneath," said Battalion Chief Terry Munro. "Even though we carry lots of specialized equipment, strength turned out to be the quickest and most efficient way to rescue him."
Two other people apparently thrown from the vehicle were also transported the hospital. They were found in a nearby field.
On Monday the police identified the driver as Forrest Ewen, 17. He will likely be charged with DUII, Assault in the Third Degree and Reckless Endangering, police said.
The other two victims were identified as Darren Bolivar, 15, and Gournie Meyer, 15. Meyer is the one pinned under the truck.
Firefighters responded to reports of the accident in the 13000 block of North Lombard at 1:49 a.m. All three victims were stabilized at the scene before being transported to the hospital by ambulances and Life Flight helicopter.
The Portland Police Bureau is investigating the cause of the accident. The firefighters responded from Portland Fire and Rescue Stations 6, 8, and 22.