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Icy-road crash sends teenager to hospital

Victims of incident on Fernhill Road sustain non-life threatening injuries


Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTOS: FOREST GROVE FIRE & RESCUE - Firefighters use heavy extrication equipment to lift an injured teenager out of a car that crashed on Fernhill Road after hitting a patch of ice Jan. 14.A serious injury accident on Fernhill Road in Forest Grove sent one person to the hospital Wednesday, Jan. 14.

Forest Grove Fire Marshal Dave Nemeyer blamed a “notorious icy spot” south of Blooming Fernhill Road near the Sosa Farm produce stand for the mishap, which sent a car down a steep embankment and into a tree.

“We have had quite a few crashes there over the years,” said Nemeyer. “This one had three people in one car and a teenage passenger was badly pinned inside.”

Driving the blue 2000 Toyota Camry was Myrriah Dixon-Westberg of Forest Grove. He was taking his 16-year-old son, Quinn Dixon, to school when the accident occurred, according to a police report.

“The tree kept the car from rolling all the way down into a creek,” the report read.

It took emergency personnel about an hour — using heavy extrication equipment — to get the teen out. Quinn Dixon sustained a head laceration and scratches.

“Part of what hindered us and took so long was the precarious position of the car,” said Nemeyer. “We had poor footing to work on.” Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTOS: FOREST GROVE FIRE & RESCUE - Firefighters use heavy extrication equipment to lift an injured teenager out of a car that crashed on Fernhill Road after hitting a patch of ice Jan. 14.

After the young man was extricated from the crushed vehicle he was transported to the trauma center at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center via Life Flight helicopter.

Firefighters from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Gaston Rural Fire District and Cornelius Fire Department and paramedics from Metro West Ambulance responded to the crash.

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