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Woman extricated from downtown crash

Rescuers extricated a woman who rolled her Subaru Outback in a crash at Central Avenue and Jackson Street Friday afternoon. 

Two lanes of Central Avenue were closed as crews cut the roof off the wagon, which had flipped onto its passenger side, to free the driver. Broken glass from the shattered windshield lay strewn on the ground. First reports of the rollover crash came in at 2:32 p.m., Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon reports show.

By 3 p.m., a rescue tarp had been placed between the driver and the roof as crews broke surrounding vehicle glass and cut open the roof using circular saws, according to Capt. Jason John with Medford Fire-Rescue. The woman appeared to be conscious as crews cut her seat belt and pulled her from the driver's seat onto a stretcher.

John said such rescues are common in crashes where a victim is injured and can't easily escape. 

"We don't want to manipulate the spine and move them around a whole bunch," John said. "You end up having to take the roof off to minimize that movement."

The woman was placed in a Mercy Flights ambulance and transported to a local hospital. Medford police were on scene directing traffic as a towing company pulled the vehicle onto a bed. The front driver-side alloy wheel apparently broke in two pieces during the crash.

The vehicle had been traveling southbound in the left lane on Central Avenue when, for unknown reasons, it apparently hit a tree and flipped onto its side within 20 yards of the Jackson Street intersection. No airbags appeared to have deployed in the wreck.

Witnesses said they saw two children, who may have been in the vehicle at the time of the crash, sitting nearby with blankets wrapped around them.

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

Medford Fire-Rescue crews extricate a woman who crashed her Subaru Outback at Central Avenue and Jackson Street in Medford. Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch