80-year-old Jon Culton, from Waldport, was driving Highway 34 to a doctor's appointment in Corvallis when he went missing.
Benton County Deputy Chris Dale was patrolling along Highway 34 near milepost 51 checking for signs of Culton's car.Â
Deputy Dale was checking a curvy section of the highway near Botkin Road. He stopped and got out to look off the eastbound shoulder where he spotted a vehicle not visible to highway travelers approximately 90 feet down an embankment with a person inside. Upon calling out to the person inside, the occupant responded he was OK but thirsty. The deputy confirmed the car matched the description of Culton's missing 1998 Toyota Camry four-door that had rolled down the embankment and landed on its roof in a shallow creek.Â
Firefighters went down the embankment, removed Culton from the vehicle, and brought him back up in a basket to the road. Culton was transported by ground ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center for treatment of a non-life threatening chest injury.Â
Culton told investigating OSP Senior Trooper Nathan House that he crashed while enroute from Yachats to Corvallis for a doctor's appointment. He said he attempted to use his cell phone but couldn't get a signal. Trapped in his car, he used the floor mats to keep him warm during the night until he was found Thursday morning and rescued.Â