Not taking no for an answer, a female driver set out to find her own detour around the big Highway 101 closure two miles south of Heceta Head. But she ran off a mountain Forest Service road and down into a ditch. And over her cellphone she told 9-1-1 dispatch she doesn’t know where she is. Dispatch called Yachats Fire Chief Frankie Petrick to assist in trying to get a sense of where the woman might be. The woman’s cellphone is an older model so it’s hard to track it’s location.
Chief Petrick told dispatch that from the information they gave her the driver is possibly somewhere on Forest Service Road 5800 north of its intersection of Forest Service Road 5500.
Chief Petrick just reported there is a slide blocking the 5500 Road. They’re heading south on 101 to take a more roundabout way to get to where they “think” the driver might be stranded. A sheriff’s deputy is headed up Five Rivers Road to Buck Creek in an effort to get into the area.
Sheriff’s Deputy finds the woman’s blue Mercedes SUV (with Arizona plates) two miles north of intersection with Buck Creek. She’s not there. Believed to be walking toward the river. He’s headed that way.
Woman tells dispatch she can hear deputy sounding his siren. He’s getting closer.
Deputy finds her.
Yachats Fire Chief Frankie Petrick says will be there in a few minutes with her rescue rig.
Chief Petrick on scene.
Tow on the way.
From where the woman was found, she was headed east the entire time, not south. There’s no way to keep one’s bearings up in those mountains without a GPS and a map.