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Scappoose man survives 12 hours trapped in crashed car hidden from roadway

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A Scappoose man spent 12 hours trapped in his crashed car after he plunged off an embankment Thursday night on Dutch Canyon Road.

The Scappoose Fire District said the man crashed on the rural road around 8 p.m. and his car was concealed from the roadway by heavy brush.

Firefighters said it’s unclear who finally spotted the car, but they were dispatched to the wreck just before 8 a.m. Friday.

A tow truck driver pulled the mangled car from the embankment as the driver’s wife and a family friend collected his belongings out of the car.

They said the man lives nearby, and suffered significant injuries, but he was conscious as he was loaded into an ambulance and taken to a Portland hospital.

Firefighters said they had to cut off the roof of the car to get to the man, and then finished the rescue by pulling him from the back of the car.

Investigators said speeding and road conditions contributed to the crash. No citations were issued by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.  

The 45-year-old driver was released from the hospital Friday afternoon. 

The car ended up on the edge of Dave Miller’s property.

He told FOX 12 he never heard anything Thursday night and didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary until the fire trucks and ambulances showed up.

Miller said that’s when he walked up to the road and learned that a neighbor had been trapped all night and wasn’t able to reach his cell phone to call for help.

“He had a flashlight and he was shining his flashlight up on the road last night, and nobody saw it,” Miller said. “They drove by – and just kept going by – so he spent a pretty cold night.”

Miller said the corner there around Dutch Canyon Road is notoriously sharp, and he recalled at least one other crash down the embankment, but said this case was the worst one he’d seen in his 35 years living there.

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