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79-year-old man crashes car down steep embankment off Highway 30

A 79-year-old man was injured March 16 when his car veered off Highway 30 and plummeted down a 125-foot embankment at Clatskanie Hill.

Oregon State Police investigators are continuing to investigate the cause of last week's crash. A witness who was driving in front of Robert L. Lawer told OSP Senior Trooper Jeromy Hasenkamp that the 79-year-old Clatskanie man lost control when he tried to pass at a high speed around 11 p.m. Lawer's 2010 Chrysler Sebring then reportedly crashed off the highway near Carlson Road.

The Clatskanie Fire Department, with help from other local agencies, was able to pull the injured driver to safety with a rope.

Lawer was sent to St. John's Hospital in Longview for treatment of his potentially serious injury, according to an OSP press release.

The crash closed that portion of Highway 30 until about 1 a.m.