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Byline: The Register-Guard

Man hurt when truck plunges over bank

CROW - A Coast Guard helicopter was used to rescue a 52-year-old man who lost control of his Roseburg Forest Products truck on a Wolf Creek Road curve southwest of Crow Sunday.

Ronald Gene O'Neal, whose hometown not immediately available, was seriously injured around 5:50 p.m. when he lost control of his truck, which went over an embankment and caught several trees on fire.

Because of the steep embankment, ordinary means of rescue was not possible, the Lane County sheriff's office said.

Instead, O'Neal was removed via Coast Guard helicopter and then transferred to a Portland-based Life Flight helicopter, which transported him to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene.

Also assisting in the rescue were Lane County Fire Department No. 1, Oregon Department of Forestry, Eugene Fire Department High Angle Rescue Team, Eugene Mountain Rescue and Lane County Search and Rescue.
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Title Annotation:Accidents; REGION
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 12, 2004
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