CANNON BEACH - Loren Casey Tipton, 31, had to be rescued Wednesday with the Jaws of Life tool after he overturned his pickup truck and it wrapped around a tree.

The accident happened at Hemlock and Orford streets and was caused by high speed, according to authorities. The Cannon Beach Fire Department responded at 5:17 p.m. and worked for 20 minutes to extricate Casey.

Fire Marshal Mike Graham said it was unknown if Casey had been wearing a seatbelt. He estimated the truck, a Ford Ranger pickup, was traveling between 60 and 80 mph. The speed limit is 30 mph.

Casey had been drinking, said Acting Police Chief Robert Schulz.

Schulz said Casey was speeding when he tried to pass a car and lost control. "The vehicle was sideways as it passed the other vehicle," Schulz said. He said the truck continued sideways until it hit a depression and some loose gravel where the city had been repaving the road. This caused it to flip upside down, and it crashed into a tree passenger side first. "The wheels were off of the car," Graham said.

Casey was unconscious when he was removed, Graham said.

Casey is a resident of Cannon Beach, although his exact address was unavailable. He was transported by Medix to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria, where a Life Flighthelicopter took him to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland. He is in critical condition today.


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