Portland woman's car slid down 80-foot embankment into creek bed

Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - First responders had difficulty finding Hurst's car due to the dark and wooded terrain.An 85-year-old woman was uninjured Tuesday night after her car slid off the road in rural Troutdale and barreled 80 feet down an embankment into a creek bed and heavy brush.

Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Alva Mae Hurst of Portland was found safe yet disoriented after she lost control of her car and it flew down an embankment Tuesday night in rural Troutdale.The driver has been identified as Alva Mae Hurst of Portland, said Lt. Steve Alexander, spokesman for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies along with the Gresham fire department and local police responded to the single-car crash near Southeast Division Drive and Southeast Troutdale Road at 11:37 p.m.

The woman, found disoriented and unsure of her whereabouts, was able to call 9-1-1 for help.

Alexander said roads in the area were wet following afternoon thunderstorms, and police initially believe the woman lost control while heading east on Southeast Division Drive.

Dispatchers pinged Hurst's cell phone to find her general location.

However, dense forest and darkness made it difficult for responders to see the car right away, Alexander said.

Deputies finally heard the woman's car horn, and Gresham Fire reached Hurst from private property on the other side of the creek bed.

Hurst was freed from her car and assessed by medics at the scene.

She was later released to a family member, Alexander said.

Southeast Division Drive was closed for about an hour between Southeast Troutdale Road and Southeast Williams Road.

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