Teen girl badly injured when Jeep goes off 80-foot embankment

LYONS, Ore. - Medics rushed several units of whole blood to the scene of an accident to stabilize a teenage girl severely injured when a Jeep rolled 80 feet down a steep embankment Monday afternoon.

Taylor Kennedy, 17, of Salem was flown by air ambulance to a Portland area hospital after she was pulled from the wreckage and given blood.

The first deputy on scene arrived around 2:33 p.m. to find Kennedy pinned underneath the Jeep. Her rescue from beneath the SUV took about 45 minutes, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

Kennedy was riding in a Jeep driven by James Cole Prevett, 18, of Salem. The sheriff's office said the Jeep appeared to have drifted off one side of North Fork Road before turning sharply to the other side.

The vehicle overturned several times as it crashed down a steep embankment toward the Little Santiam River.

Prevett and two other male passengers - March Faaitiiti and Jonathan Egner, both 18 and of Salem - were treated at Santiam Hospital for minor injuries.

The sheriff's office said neither alcohol nor speed appeared to have been involved in the accident. Deputies are still investigating the use of seat belts.