First Responders Attempt Rescue After Car Crashes into Foster Lake

Updated June 24

The driver of a vehicle that crashed into Foster Lake on Friday was found and identified after multiple responders attempted to locate him.

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District (SHFAD), Sweet Home Police and Linn County Sheriff’s Officer were dispatched to Foster Dam following a report of a vehicle in the water at 5:13 p.m. on Friday, June 21.

According to SHFAD, bystanders reported they witnessed the crash but did not see any occupants escape the vehicle.

Upon arrival, responders found a 1997 Toyota 4Runner submerged six feet in the lake with an unknown number of occupants. One firefighter and an officer went over the bank to where bystanders from a nearby boat were in the water attempting to reach it and search for occupants. The firefighter entered the water and, with the use of a self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), made continuous attempts to access the inside of the vehicle to search for occupants.

An LSCO boat, which was already on Foster Lake at the time of the incident, arrived on scene and supported rescue efforts. Sweet Home fire crews arrived with a second boat, a second ambulance and an incident commander.

Witnesses, fire crews and deputies attempted to locate occupants, but initial efforts were unsuccessful. After 45 minutes, the scene was turned over to LSCO to continue rescue attempts.

The LCSO Dive Team was later able to locate a single occupant, identified as Robert Corbin Anderson, 22, of Sweet Home. He was found deceased in the vehicle.

Deputies learned Anderson was traveling west on North River Drive when the vehicle struck the embankment on the north side of the road. This caused the Toyota to overturn before entering the lake. 

At this time, it is unknown what caused Anderson to initially leave the roadway. The investigation is ongoing, and deputies are looking into contributing factors.

The Multi-Agency Investigation Team (MAIT) and Linn County Road Department were also involved in the recovery. This was the third crash that SHFAD responded to on Friday.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the LCSO at 541.967.3950.

 

 

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District (SHFAD) was dispatched to Foster Dam for a report of a vehicle in the water at 5:13 p.m., June 21. 

According to SHFAD, bystanders reported they witnessed a crash but did not see any occupants escape the vehicle. 

Sweet Home Police Department, along with SHFAD arrived first on scene. 

One firefighter and one police officer went over the bank to where bystanders from a near by boat were in the water, over top of the vehicle attempting to reach it and search for occupants. The firefighter entered the water and with the use of an SCBA made continuous attempts to access the inside of the vehicle, which was completely submerged in an estimated six-feet of water, searching for occupants. 

A Linn County Sheriff’s Office (LSCO) boat, which was already on Foster Lake at the time of the incident, arrived on scene and supported rescue efforts. Sweet Home fire crews arrived with a second boat, a second ambulance and an incident commander. All attempts to locate occupants of the vehicle were unsuccessful. 

Rescue operations were terminated after 45 minutes of searching, and the scene was turned over to the LSCO, who was awaiting the arrival of their dive team. 

At this time, it is suspected that the driver was the only occupant. No further details were available. LSCO is currently handling the investigation and is on the scene with their rescue dive unit removing the vehicle from the water. 

We will update as more information is given. This marks the third crash, of four, in the SHFAD today. 

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