A Siletz woman driving home northbound on the Siletz Highway Sunday evening suddenly left the road, careened down a shallow embankment and collided with several trees. Another driver who happened to be following her said they were going about 55mph about two miles north of Toledo, when, for some reason, the SUV slid off the shoulder, continued down the embankment and then slammed into several trees, the SUV’s rear end rising way off the ground, pivoting clockwise, coming to rest in a heap just beyond the trees facing the opposite direction. He said, by then, the car was smoking, but the driver got herself out safely.
Firefighters from Toledo handled the minor fire. The driver was very talkative to her family members who began arriving on scene shortly after the accident. She was transported by ambulance to PCH for evaluation and treatment of her injuries.
Law enforcement determined the woman was wearing her seat belt. One of the two dogs aboard suffered a foot injury.