Motorhome wrecked after push by pedestrians
August 10, 2013
A Eugene-area woman is facing multiple charges after a stalled motorhome she was operating on Sunday evening rolled down an embankment as some of its occupants were trying to push it off Highway 126 east of Vida. The vehicle flipped on its top, injuring at least four people.
The accident occurred on August 4th at approximately 7:00 p.m., when Oregon State Police (OSP) received a report of a possible DUII driver operating an older model motorhome traveling along the highway near Nimrod.
As an OSP trooper was en route to the area, the motorhome, occupied by 11 people, stalled on the roadway near milepost 34.
According to OSP reports, five of the 11 occupants attempted to push the motorhome backwards onto the side of the highway with Mary Louise Wragge, 45, from Eugene, steering. The vehicle rolled off the highway, down an embankment and overturned - entrapping six occupants and several dogs inside.
Firefighters and medical personnel from McKenzie Fire & Rescue and Springfield Fire & Life Safety responded to the scene where they worked for about 45 minutes to extricate people trapped inside.
The motorhome’s 11 occupants were assessed and treated at the scene. Four people, including Wragge, were transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for non-life threatening injuries.
Subsequent to the initial investigation, OSP cited Wragge to appear at a later date in Lane County Circuit Court for several criminal and traffic offenses including: Driving Under the Influence, Recklessly Driving, ten counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, three counts of Assault in the Fourth Degree, Driving While Suspended, and Driving Uninsured.
ODOT personnel assisted at the scene with traffic control and removal of the overturned motorhome.
Image above: Courtesy OSP. The driver of this Chieftan motorhome faces a number of charges including DUII, Reckless Driving, Assault, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.
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