Rescued driver recovering from Dec. 19 crash

by: COURTESY OF OREGON STATE POLICE - A woman was seriously injured Wednesday morning after her car crashed nto the back of a utility trailer.Oregon State Police is continuing its investigation into last week’s crash on Highway 99W that sent one woman to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

On Dec. 19, a woman traveling northbound on Highway 99W near Garland Road, about three miles south of Sherwood, crashed into a utility trailer being pulled by a dump truck at about 6:45 a.m.

Multiple 911 callers reported the crash, saying a woman slammed into the trailer, impaling the car onto the back of the trailer, which was hauling large construction equipment.

Sandra Frick, 65, of Newberg was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier and merged into the right lane of Highway 99W when she crashed into the back of the trailer, said Oregon State Police officials.

The car’s passenger side was impaled, and the car was dragged more than 1,000 feet before the dump truck’s driver, Robert Long, also of Newberg, was able to stop, pulling the truck and trailer over to the side of the road.

According to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue personnel, several feet of the trailer smashed inside the car’s passenger compartment.

Firefighters and paramedics from both Newberg Fire District and TVF&R were able to extract Frick from the car.

Frick, the only occupant of the car at the time, was taken by Life Flight helicopter to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital where she remains in fair condition.

Long was not injured in the crash.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this case, officials said.

The northbound lanes of the highway were closed for about an hour that morning.

Oregon State Police were assisted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, the Newberg Fire District and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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