5-year-old rescued from burning wreckage of motorhome

0225 motorhome accident

Linn County, Ore. — Police are looking for two good samaritans who helped save a child from a burning motorhome.

Oregon State police say a trooper encountered a crash on I-5 in southern Linn County Wednesday afternoon. The trooper discovered a burning motorhome crunched under a parked 18-wheeler.

According to police, the trooper yelled into the wreckage and heard a 5-year-old girl crying for help. Two witnesses rushed to the scene as the trooper used his fire extinguisher to put out the flames. The trooper said the two good samaritans broke through the side of the motorhome to reach the child. She was removed and tended to by the officer until medical crews arrived. The two good samaritans then left the scene.

Police say based on the preliminary information, the motorhome was traveling southbound on I-5 when, for an unknown reason, it drifted out of the travel lanes and rear-ended a commercial truck and trailer that was parked on the shoulder.

The driver and passenger of the motorhome, 69-year-old Sandra Bishop of Albany, and 26-year-old Michael Bunten of Bellevue, Nebraska, were pronounced dead on scene. The 5-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the commercial truck was not injured.

OSP is seeking the individuals who helped rescue the girl from the wreckage. If you have any information you’re encouraged to call 541-726-2536.


(Photos courtesy of the Oregon State Police.)

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