WASCO, Ore. – Two people were injured after their car went careening down a 150-foot embankment after sliding on an icy section of Highway 206 east of Wasco early Saturday, police said.
Just before 5 a.m., 26-year-old Jeanne Moles of John Day climbed from the wrecked car, leaving behind three others, and headed back up to the highway to flag down a passing car, said Lt. Gregg Hastings with Oregon State Police.
Authorities said 22-year-old Jay Williams was ejected from the car, and 21-year-old Desiree Rutherford was pinned under the wreckage.
The fourth person in the car, 28-year-old Matthew Sagaser from John Day was not injured.
Moles was able to stop a car full of Condon-area residents to tell them about the accident.
A woman from the flagged down car climbed up a hill and called 9-1-1 on her cell phone. Emergency crews quickly responded and rappelled down the ravine to rescue the two injured people, Hastings said.
Crews used airbags to lift the car off of Rutherford’s head and took her to the hospital. She was flown to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious injuries.
No one in the car was wearing a seatbelt.