Gleneden Beach: Suspected DUI driver takes out a couple of cars, including her own. At the same time heart attack victim saved by alert Fire Chief Williams with help from bystanders.
To say that all H-E double ‘L’ toothpicks was breaking out this morning on 101 at Gleneden Beach would be putting it mildly. A suspected drunk driver northbound on 101 crossed over the center line and hit an oncoming trailer, bounced off and hit an oncoming car head on. Then 7 cars back in the backed up northbound traffic a man slumped behind the wheel and stopped breathing.
Depoe Bay Fire Rescue was on scene almost immediately with Chief Josh Williams driving the medic rig right behind them. But as Chief Williams got out of his rig, he heard people behind him screaming. He quickly pulled a U-turn and headed back down the line of cars where a bystander was already giving CPR to a driver. Williams took over and administered more CPR and everything else that goes with it until he got a pulse and some breathing. A PacWest Ambulance crew took over and whisked the man away to the hospital.
Meanwhile, back at the wreck fire-rescue was ripping off the roof of the Geo that the suspected DUI driver hit, extracting the victim who lives in Lincoln Beach. Crews were already pulling out the suspected DUI driver from her own car, a Ford sedan, the woman described as a 52 year old Lincoln Beach resident. Driver of the vehicle pulling the trailer was not injured.
Ninety minutes later, the wreck was cleared and traffic was back flowing normally like nothing ever happened. As far as they know, everybody’s going to make it.