People push stalled RV off highway - and down hill
VIDA, Ore. - When an RV carrying 11 people and several dogs stalled on Highway 126 Sunday evening, some of the people tried pushing the rig off the road - and wound up sending the RV and the people inside down roadside hill.
The motorhome landed upsidedown, trapping 6 people and some dogs inside, police said.
Firefighters and medics from McKenzie Fire & Rescue and Springfield Fire & Life Safety worked for 45 minutes to pull the victims from the wreckage.
An ambulance took 4 people to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment.
An Oregon State Police trooper was already en route to the scene prior to the crash, responding to reports of a possible DUI driver.
Before the trooper arrived, the motorhome stalled. Five of the 11 people on board tried to push the rig backwards onto the side of the road while 45-year-old Mary Louise Wragge of Eugene steered.
The motorhome rolled off the side of the road and down a hill, police said.
Wragge was one of people taken to the hospital.
State police also asked Wragge to appear in Lane County Court on charges of DUII, Reckless Driving, 10 counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, 3 counts of Assault in the Fourth Degree, Driving While Suspended and Driving Uninsured.