Highway 101 back open to two-way traffic north of Newport after car goes over a cliff at Beverly Beach
From Oregon State Police
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A 79-year old Siletz-area woman was seriously injured Monday afternoon when her vehicle traveled off Highway 101 and over a cliff north of Newport. The woman was rescued by an interagency rope rescue team and taken to a Corvallis hospital. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation and seeking any witnesses who haven’t spoken to troopers.
According to Lieutenant Justin McGladrey, on Monday at approximately 2:55 p.m., a 1986 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by MARY P. FISCHER, age 79, from Siletz, was southbound on Highway 101 near milepost 134. According to a witness, the vehicle drove off the west side of the highway and down a cliff where it rolled at least once before coming to rest on its top.
The Lincoln County Rope Team, an interagency squad of fire personnel from agencies within Lincoln County, responded to the scene. Team members repelled down the cliff and secured the vehicle before extricating the woman from the car. FISCHER was taken to a REACH air ambulance waiting on the beach and transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis for treatment of serious injuries. She was using safety restraints.
During extrication and recovery, one lane was closed to travel for about 3 hours.
OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information about his crash is asked to contact Trooper Brett Danner at (541) 265-5354.
The Lincoln County Rope Team is comprised of members from Newport Fire Department, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, Toledo Fire Department, Seal Rock Fire Department, Yachats Fire Department, Central Coast Fire Department, and Depoe Bay Fire Department.
At the height of the emergency response to the accident, it was like this all the way from Walmart in north Newport clear past Beverly Beach…7 miles of stuck tourists, trucks and locals trying to get home from work.