A single-vehicle crash off Decker Road Thursday evening turned out to be a tricky situation for the driver. The car landed in the middle of a bunch of blackberry brambles — those prickly shrubs that produce sweet berries but have sharp thorns that can be painful to the touch.
Emergency responders headed to the scene of the crash just after 6 p.m. about a quarter of a mile down Decker Road off Alsea Highway. The driver, a man in his 50s who was the lone occupant of the vehicle, lost control and ended up in the ditch. But he could not exit because of the bushes.
Philomath Fire & Rescue responded with a truck and four personnel. Capt. Rich Saalsaa, public information officer who was in command at the scene, said a ladder was placed in a way to help keep the bushes down and the driver was able to get out of the car on his own.
The driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported via Corvallis Fire ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.
Decker Road was closed for about 20 minutes, Saalsaa said.
The Philomath Police Department and Benton County Sheriff’s Office were initially at the scene.