On Saturday, February 22nd, the coordinated efforts of North Lincoln Fire & Rescue (NLF&R) Water Rescue Team, Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Car Care Tow-Pro resulted in the successful removal of a wrecked car from the Salmon River. The car had been in the river since the January 22nd accident in the area of Hwy. 18 Milepost 8 which resulted in the dramatic rescue of the driver of the submerged vehicle by NLF&R personnel; removal of the car was delayed by poor weather, high water levels, swift currents, and financial constraints.
The clean-up project was spearheaded by OSP Sr. Trooper Ryan Kehr; Car Care Tow-Pro donated equipment and personnel, ODOT provided traffic control, and NLF&R personnel navigated the river to connect the recovery cables to the partially submerged vehicle, which was trapped against a fallen tree. The entire recovery operation took about one hour to complete.
Editor’s note: Salmon River Highway is not your average 55 mph through-way. There are animals crossing the pavement – there are drivers who fumble with their cell-phones and purses on tight curves that follow the river, among many, many other distractions. In short, if you think you’re going to need something while enroute to the coast or the valley on Highway 18, pull out what you need and lay it on the seat next to you. Your family will thank you for it.