Update: The 68-year-old Molalla woman who had her hand trapped under the hood of her truck for 18 hours earlier this week had to have it amputated. Her daughter says this won’t slow down her mother.
“She’s already talking about how they said it wont slow down her skiing or horseback riding. She said she will still be able to friction climb, whatever that is”.
Doctor’s did try several times to save her hand, but the injuries she sustained were too severe.
MOLALLA, Ore. (AP) – A fire official in Molalla, Ore., says a woman spent 18 hours standing with her hand stuck under the hood of her pickup truck. The woman, whose name was not released, was forced to stand the entire time, enduring chilly overnight temperatures and light snow. The fire official says the woman was hooking up a battery charger to her pickup’s battery Wednesday afternoon when the hood slammed down on her hand. He describes her as “one tough lady.”
Listen to the 911 call from good samaritans who discovered the victim:
According to Lt. Mike Penunuri – Molalla Fire District – “The whole time she was stuck, she couldn’t kneel, she couldn’t sit and she couldn’t lean against the hood…” The Oregonian reports that Penunuri says the woman was dressed in multiple layers – including two or three shirts, a vest and jacket – and that likely saved her life. She was airlifted to a Portland hospital Thursday after neighbors out horseback riding heard her shouts and rallied neighbors to free her. She was brought inside to warm up where Molalla and Canby firefighters converged on the scene with the Oregon Department of Forestry near the 44700 block of South Prairie Road near Mt. Hood National Forest in the southern Molalla vicinity.
The woman’s condition was not available. Molalla is a rural community about 25 miles south of Portland.