Highway 20 crash scene
Two passengers were extricated from this vehicle, which crashed on Tuesday morning on Highway 20 just west of Philomath. (Photo by Philomath Fire & Rescue)

A single-vehicle rollover on Highway 20 just west of Philomath injured two passengers on Tuesday morning and the highway was shut down for about 90 minutes in both directions while the crash was cleared, Philomath Fire & Rescue’s Rich Saalsaa reported.

Emergency responders were dispatched at 8:44 a.m. to the scene just west of the Marys River bridge. Saalsaa said two people were extricated from the vehicle, which was sitting upright in a ditch off the side of the road. The extrication took nearly 20 minutes. It was reported that witnesses had seen the car roll over.

The injuries sustained by the passengers were not life-threatening, Saalsaa said. They were transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

Philomath Fire & Rescue’s response included six personnel and emergency vehicles while the Corvallis Fire Department sent over two ambulances. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

Two other crashes reportedly occurred because of stopped traffic — one near the “Y” and another on the other side near Kings Valley Highway. However, details of those incidents were not immediately available.

Memorial Day crash

A motorcyclist driving on Marys Peak Road lost control in a spot close to the summit and landed in a ditch on Monday morning, Saalsaa reported.

The call came in to Philomath Fire & Rescue at 10:53 a.m. and the response included an engine, rescue vehicle and one personnel as duty officer. A Corvallis Fire ambulance and Benton County Sheriff’s Office also were at the scene.

The victim was initially cared for by a member of the Corvallis Mountain Rescue team, who just happened upon the scene following the crash, Saalsaa said. The team member collected information on the motorcyclist and stabilized his head until emergency personnel could reach the scene.

Saalsaa said the man sustained nonlife-threatening injuries, although he did suffer fractures and had to endure great pain. He was placed on a backboard and transported via ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

Philomath Fire & Rescue assisted on Sunday at the scene of a non-injury crash on Plymouth Road.

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