ODOT Worker Finds Man Injured, Trapped in Truck

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Highway 207 Crash
The driver of this truck was trapped inside before being discovered Thursday night near Lexington by an Oregon Department of Transportation employee.
PHOTO COURTESY OF OSP

A Stayton man is in stable condition at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland after being trapped in his pick-up truck that had rolled down a steep embankment on Highway 207 in Morrow County Thursday night.

The driver, Jacob R. Shuler, 27, was found by an Oregon Department of Transportation worker around 11:30 p.m. Thursday night. The ODOT employee was driving along the highway when she spotted lights coming from down the embankment about 10 miles north of Lexington. After stopping to investigate the lights, she discovered the man seriously injured and trapped in his truck.

With no cell phone service in the area, the ODOT worker left the area, found a phone and called 9-1-1. Local fire personnel responded to the scene and extricated Shuler from his truck. He was transported by air ambulance to Kadlec Regional Medical Center.

Shuler’s dog, who was with him in the truck, stayed with the vehicle the whole time and was later taken to an area veterinarian by a Morrow County deputy until family could retrieve it.

The Oregon State Police has not been able to interview Shuler to determine the cause of the single-vehicle crash.

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