Two people were injured early Saturday morning, Jan 26, after the vehicle they were in slid off an icy highway east of Wasco in Sherman County and came to rest out of sight about 150 feet down a steep embankment. Saturday morning at 4:45 a.m., three Condon-area residents were traveling eastbound on Highway 206 about twelve miles east of Wasco when a woman jumped in front of their vehicle waving for help. The woman, identified as 26-year-old JEANNE MOLES of John Day, said her car was down the embankment where two others were injured, including an adult male and another adult female who was partially pinned underneath the wreckage. A fourth person, an adult male identified as MATTHEW SAGASER, age 28, from John Day, was not injured.
All of the responding agencies worked together to assist with removing and rescuing the two injured people utilizing a rappelling system that provided access to and from the vehicle. Airbags were taken down to the crash scene and used to lift the 2000 Oldsmobile four-door off the injured woman’s head. Using a pulley system, officers from OSP and SCSO worked with firefighters to hoist the injured woman and rescue personnel back up to the highway.
MOLES received minor injury. SAGASER was not injured. Right rear passenger 22-year-old JAY WILLIAMS of Long Creek, was ejected near the top of the embankment. He was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries. Left rear passenger 21-year-old DESIREE RUTHERFORD of Portland, was ejected and pinned under the car before being rescued. After going to Mid-Columbia Medical Center, she was flown by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious injuries. None of the four occupants were using safety restraints.