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Police: Bystanders rescued two children trapped under crashed van

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Lincoln City Police say three children and an adult were injured in a crash on Oct. 23, 2017. Photo courtesy Lincoln City Police{ }

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. – Lincoln City Police say bystanders rescued two children trapped under a van after a crash late Monday afternoon.

Officers responded to a report of the crash near the 600 block of Southeast Oar Avenue around 4:58 p.m.

Investigators say Paul T. Qualls, 47, of Lincoln City drove a 2002 Ford Windstar van into a ravine off the end of Southeast Oar Avenue.

Witnesses told police three children, ages 5, 8 and 9, were ejected from the vehicle during the crash and two were pinned under the vehicle.

Police said witnesses pushed the vehicle off of the children before emergency personnel arrived.

Medical personnel transported the driver and children to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. Then, they were transferred to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

The two older children were transported by Life Flight. As of Tuesday morning, they were reported to be in good condition.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash. They say Qualls may have had a medical emergency while driving.

A release from the Lincoln City Police Department had conflicting reports about how many people were injured. We’re inquiring with the police department and we’ll update this story with any new information.