Philomath Fire & Rescue personnel work on getting a motorist out of his vehicle following a Saturday crash on Fern Road. (Photo provided by Philomath Fire & Rescue)

An icy stretch on Fern Road south of Philomath appears to have factored into a single-vehicle crash on Saturday, Philomath Fire & Rescue reported.

The motorist lost control of the vehicle in the area on Fern Road located between the two Powder House Road intersections. No injuries were reported.

“The area was extremely icy and the vehicle left the road and ended up on its side,” Philomath Fire & Rescue Deputy Fire Chief Rich Saalsaa said.

The fire department was dispatched to the crash at 5:47 p.m. Fern Road was limited to one lane of traffic for about 20 minutes.

Saalsaa said the driver was wearing a safety belt but was not able to get out of the vehicle with the way it was situated on its side. Crews removed the front windshield to help the motorist exit the vehicle.

Philomath Fire & Rescue’s response from the Main Street station included an engine with two personnel and a rescue vehicle with two personnel. An engine with three personnel from the Inavale station also responded.

The Philomath Police Department and Benton County Sheriff’s Office were also at the scene.

The crash occurred in the late afternoon hours on Saturday in a stretch of Fern Road between the two Powder House Road intersections. (Photo provided by Philomath Fire & Rescue)

In light of the incident, Saalsaa reminded the public that various roads in the area may not have fully recovered from several nights of cold temperatures. He listed areas that motorists should watch as:

• Fern Road between the Powder House Road intersections, especially in the curves.

• Decker Road between Peterson Road and Highway 34.

• Kings Valley Highway.

• Parts of Bellfountain Road.

• Bridges that extend over water, particularly over the Marys River.

• Other overpasses that may also develop ice more quickly.

“Benton County Public Works has been requested to bring sand to these areas,” Saalsaa said. “In any case, take it easy on curves and give yourself plenty of time to react to icy roads.”

The weather forecast for Philomath calls for possible snow flurries on Sunday. Cold temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday could also lead to icy road conditions.