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LOCAL

Nine people come

to kayaker's rescue

SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield woman was rescued by nine people Saturday afternoon when her kayak overturned in the McKenzie River.

Alice Bailey, 46, was alone in a 9-foot inflatable kayak about 3:45 p.m. when it hit a low-hanging branch and overturned, throwing her into the water near the Deadmond Ferry Landing, said Kurt Jahnke of the Lane County sheriff's marine patrol.

Bailey was wearing a life jacket, but the current held her underwater until nine people who were nearby came to her rescue, Jahnke said. They pulled Bailey from the river and provided first aid until the marine patrol and medics arrived.

"They pretty much saved her," said Paul Vitus of the sheriff's marine patrol.

Springfield medics took Bailey to McKenzie-Willamette Hospital, where she was treated for mild hypothermia and released, Jahnke said.

REGION

Exhaust fumes ignite

hay, destroy truck

HARRISBURG - Exhaust fumes ignited 25 tons of hay on Saturday, destroying a tractor-trailer rig and damaging the exterior of two homes on Diamond Hill Road.

Sam Hubbard, 35, of Lebanon was hauling a pair of 32-foot trailers when his entire load ignited. It took less than one minute for the load of hay to go up in flames, said Leo Giles, assistant chief of Harrisburg Fire/Rescue.

Hubbard escaped without injury, but flames engulfed the hay truck, owned by J&J Farms of Halsey, Giles said. The truck's diesel tanks ruptured and burned, causing broken windows and paint blistering to homes on either side of the tractor-trailer.

The fire caused about $31,000 in total damages, Giles said. Of that amount, less than $3,000 damage was done to the homes.

Harrisburg responded to the fire with three engines, and the Junction City Fire Department sent an engine to the blaze.
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Title Annotation:General News
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Aug 4, 2002
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