Woman saved after crashing in Fairview

Woman saved after crashing in Fairview

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Posted on February 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Updated Sunday, Feb 10 at 12:27 PM

FAIRVIEW, Ore. -- A young woman was taken to the hospital after a bad crash in Fairview Friday evening.

The driver hit a tree and careened down an embankment and into a creek near Northeast 222nd Avenue and Northeast Halsey Street.

Andres Malagon ran into the creek to find the victim’s car partially submerged in the water. He works across the street at the 76 Express Lube, so he got there fast and immediately went into action.

“I jumped inside the car, broke the window, jumped inside, (and) tried to keep her calm. She was conscious the whole time. I was trying to keep her awake,” he said.

Ragina Gray, 22, was headed to her security officer job in Edgefield, her mom told KGW.

Police said Gray was going very fast down Halsey Street when she crashed into a tree.

Malagon was in his own terrible crash just two years ago. He hit an ice patch in the Gorge and his wife suffered serious injuries. She was in a coma for months here at Legacy Emanuel Hospital.

So when Malagon came to visit Gray, he knew his way around. He says his wife is doing much better and back at work.

Authorities think Gray is going to be alright too. She stayed in the hospital overnight so staff could monitor her condition and perform tests.

KGW Reporter Reggie Aqui contributed to this report.

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