Clackamas County man rescued by coworkers, survives crash

Clackamas County

Taylor Campbell's family said if it weren't for Waste Management employees' concern, he likely wouldn't have survived the crash

CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN) — A Clackamas County man is alive Saturday thanks to his concerned coworkers who went looking for him when he didn’t show up to work.

Taylor Campbell’s car rolled roughly 25 feet down an embankment on Springwater Road and hit a tree. He was trapped inside until someone found him.

Taylor Campbell’s car rolled down a steep embankment on Springwater Road. September 27, 2019 (Courtesy Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office)

Zak Campbell said it’s a miracle that his cousin Taylor is alive. The Waste Management driver was on his way to work early Friday morning—he had texted a coworker that he was on his way in—but he never showed up to his 1 a.m. shift. Zak said Taylor’s coworkers knew something was wrong.

“Taylor’s always been the go-to-work, be-there-on-time, work-hard-attitude type of person,” said Zak. “So when he just doesn’t show up—no call, no show—they obviously worries about him.”

His coworkers started looking for him, forming their own search teams. They drove Clackamas County roads for hours on Friday.

“They drove up and down that road quite a few times,” said Zak. “One of the ladies happened to look out of the corner of her eye, and see him down there, off the side. She pulled over and looked, and sure enough, there’s his car.”

Taylor’s coworkers found him shortly after 10 a.m. trapped inside his car after it rolled against a tree at the bottom of a steep ditch. He was still alive.

It took crews from Clackamas Fire and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office to extricate him from the car. Taylor was then taken to a nearby trauma center by a LifeFlight helicopter.

His family is still shocked that a workplace would do so much for a fellow coworker.

“My entire family would like to thank Waste Management from the bottom of our hearts for everything they’ve done for our family,” said Zak. “We could never repay them for what they have done.”

Campbell’s family told KOIN 6 News that if not for the employees at Waste Management, Taylor likely would not have survived.

He underwent emergency brain surgery Saturday, but he was responsive this afternoon. His family is hopeful that it is a good sign of his recovery.

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