A Kennewick woman who lost control of her car and rolled it Monday morning was rescued by passersby as her car caught fire on Interstate 84 near Cascade Locks, said Oregon State Police.
Ketsy Roeder, 60, of Kennewick, was driving east on the Oregon highway in a 2010 Toyota Camry when her car traveled onto the right shoulder and it appeared she lost control. Her car struck a rock mound, went airborne and up an embankment into trees before rolling over several times and coming to rest on its top on the highway shoulder about 10:30 a.m., OSP said.
The woman was rescued by several people who stopped following the crash. Her Toyota caught fire as several people stopped and approached. A man kicked out a rear side window as Roeder remained inside unconscious and secured by her safety restraint, OSP said.
A group of people rolled the car onto its side where the same man used a baseball bat and broke out the car's sunroof. Reaching inside, he cut off the safety belt as Roeder was regaining consciousness. Several people teamed together, pulling Roeder out of the burning car and then moved her about 20 feet away while waiting for firefighters to arrive, OSP said.
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After Cascade Locks Fire & EMS arrived, firefighters extinguished the fire that had also spread up the embankment into nearby trees, OSP said.
Roeder was taken by ground ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where she was listed in fair condition, OSP said.
The Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene including coordination of traffic control while the eastbound lanes were closed for fire suppression and then open to one lane. All lanes were open about 90 minutes after the crash.