Firefighters cut man from car in Hwy 43 crash

Firefighters cut man from car in Hwy 43 crash
Lake Oswego Fire Department firefighters work to free the driver of the car Monday morning. (Photo courtesy of Lake Oswego Fire Department)

NEAR LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. - Fire crews had to cut a man out of a car early Monday morning after he crashed and rolled his car on Highway 43.

Lake Oswego Fire Department crews responded to a report of a wreck on Highway 43 near Breyman Avenue at about 1:30 a.m. Monday and found a heavily damaged car they said hit a tree and then rolled several times.

Battalion Chief David Morris said firefighters had to use hydraulic tools to cut the car open and get the driver, who was the only person in the car, out of the wrecked vehicle.

The man, who was not identified, was taken to OHSU with life-threatening injuries, firefighters said. The man had been wearing a seat belt and the car's airbags activated, according to Morris.

Highway 43 was closed for several hours while firefighters worked at the scene. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash. No cause for the crash has been announced. Only the one car was involved.