Man describes fiery Barbur rescue attempt

Man describes fiery Barbur rescue attempt

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on November 26, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 27 at 10:05 AM

PORTLAND -- The woman killed in a head-on crash in Southwest Portland Monday has been identified as Debra Maymi, 55, of Portland and the good Samaritan who tried to rescue her tearfully recalled the effort he and several others made.

Maymi's minivan veered into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a City of Portland dump truck at the intersection of Southwest Barbur Boulevard and Southwest Miles Street around 2:30 p.m., police said.

The medical examiner said her cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma.

The minivan became engulfed in fire as a result of the crash. Three good Samaritans stopped and tried to help the victim, along with the truck driver.

Derek Sleeman told KGW he ran to the van and saw that both front doors were stuck. He opened the sliding passenger door.

"I tried communicating, saying, 'We're here to help.' There was no response," he said.

He said her legs were pinned by the impact and they could not pull her from the vehicle, but that it appeared that she had died instantly.

"At that point, flames were rolling along the top of the inside of the car and we knew that we weren't going to be able to get her out," Sleeman said. "So then we all backed away to make sure nobody would get hurt by the fire."

The driver of the dump truck was identified as Kevin Getner.

Investigators said Getner, 49, cooperated with police and was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. He was not injured in the crash.

Firefighters were able to douse the flames as they spread along the nearby hillside. 

Barbur Boulevard was closed for several hours after the crash.

The last time a PBOT vehicle was involved in a deadly accident was January of 1997.  The PBOT truck driver was not found to be at fault in that crash.

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KGW reporters Katherine Cook and Mike Benner contributed to this report.

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