An 18-year-old Vancouver man was critically injured in an auto accident Monday afternoon along a major route to the Oregon Coast.
The accident occurred along Highway 26, about eight miles east of Elsie, Ore., near milepost 27 in the Coast Range.
According to an Oregon State Police news release, a motorist called about 2 p.m. to report he had seen a two-door car drive off the westbound shoulder of the road. It traveled about 10 feet down an embankment and struck a tree, trapping the driver.
An off-duty paramedic who happened upon the accident scene about five minutes later stopped and began first aid.
The victim, whose name will be released Tuesday, was extricated with the help of state troopers, the Elsie Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation. He was taken to a nearby rest area by ambulance and then flown by Life Flight helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.
He was reported to be in critical condition Monday evening.
Astoria-based troopers are continuing to investigate. At the moment, they don’t know why the car went off the road, according to the news release.