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Toledo firefighters dousing the last of the vehicle fire, photos by Steve and Elizabeth Thomas, Eddyville! Click to enlarge.
An SUV headed up Nashville Road, a quarter mile north of Eddyville, caught an edge of the pavement, went through a power pole, careened down a 15-foot embankment and came to rest in a field. The driver got out just as the vehicle caught fire. The driver tried to unload the vehicle as the flames built but ran out of time as the flames grew hotter and higher. A neighbor across the street, who heard the accident and watched his lights go out, ran outside and grabbed a fire extinguisher. But it was no match for what was, by then, a blazing out of control SUV.
Toledo Fire Department crews pulled up but all that was left to do was mop up. The vehicle was totalled. Again the driver was not injured. He was given a field sobriety test and he passed it.
Power was supposed to be back on in that stretch of Nashville Road by around 10pm.
Those who drive the Nashville Road know that there is absolutely no shoulder on the road for long stretches; the side of the road is more like a straight off mini-cliff. Motorists have to drive like they are on a catwalk instead of a normal road. If you get a wheel off the pavement you’re in big trouble as this fellow found out. In addition to knocking out a power pole and losing his car, he got a ticket from an Oregon State Trooper for failure to maintain a lane of travel. A narrow lane it is, indeed.