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Firefighters perform vehicle extrication off I-5

CRESTWOOD — Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) crews were dispatched to the scene of a vehicle accident on southbound Interstate 5 near Exit 295 at 9:12 p.m. Nov. 18. by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE - Portland firefighters work to extricate a man trapped inside his pickup truck.

The original caller, who was driving on I-5 at the time, reported seeing a pickup truck embedded in a light pole. When fire crews arrived they reported finding that a full-size pickup truck had impacted a steel freeway sign; there was significant damage to the vehicle and one individual was trapped.

PF&R crews, assisted by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews, began the extrication — the removal of the trapped trapped individual. This involved using several cutting devices and hydraulic spreading tools in order to create an opening in the twisted vehicle metal large enough to free the individual, an adult male in his mid-50s. PF&R's heavy rescue squad was dispatched to the scene to provide additional equipment for the complicated extrication.

After approximately 90 minutes of work by the rescue crews, the man was removed and immediately transported to Oregon Health & Science University, conscious with serious injuries. He was the only patient involved in this accident.

Portland police are leading the crash investigation. As of last night it was unknown if drugs, alcohol or excessive speed were involved in this accident.