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Crash victim in Forest Grove escapes amputation

SUBMITTED PHOTO - A bad crash in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 18, in Forest Grove trapped 25-year-old Baron Bryant of Beaverton in his car for more than an hour.
Alcohol and speed are suspected factors in a weekend crash that required fire crews from Forest Grove, Cornelius and Hillsboro to extricate the driver from his badly damaged car.

The single-car crash was called in at 1:37 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and E Street. According to Forest Grove Police Department reports, a westbound 2005 Nissan Altima failed to make the curve where Pacific turns north and becomes E Street near Tom McCall Upper Elementary School.

The car first struck the curb of a traffic island and then rolled before striking a tree. It took crews more than an hour to extricate 25-year-old Baron Bryant of Beaverton, who was the only occupant of the car.

“The extrication was brutal,” said Dave Nemeyer, public information officer with Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, which responded to the call. “He was pinned very badly in the car and it was the only time in my career that we had a surgeon on scene just in case we couldn’t get him out — meaning that if his condition deteriorated the surgeon would be there to

amputate trapped limbs, if needed, to save his life.

Bryant was in serious condition at a Portland area trauma hospital Monday, accord-

ing to the FGPD. The investigation is continuing.

Meanwhile Forest Grove officers arrested four other people last weekend for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII), according to FGPD Capt. Mike Herb.

Drunk driving crashes are on the increase with the warmer weather and the Forest Grove Police Department encourages people to call 911 to report erratic driving — and to designate a sober driver if consuming alcohol or marijuana.