A Portland man whose vehicle went off the Kleinschmidt Grade road on the Idaho side of Hells Canyon Tuesday night and plunged into a deep ravine was listed in serious condition Thursday in a Boise hospital
Donald B. Jordan, 44, was trapped in the vehicle overnight before he was rescued early Wednesday morning by members of the Baker County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team and other volunteers from the Halfway and Oxbow areas.
Jordan was driving up the steep, switchbacking Kleinschmidt grade when his 2011 Chevy Tahoe went off the road and plummeted to the bottom of the ravine, according to an Idaho State Police press release.
The unpaved road runs from the Snake River Road to Cuprum, Idaho.
Officers in Adams County, Idaho, received a call reporting the single-vehicle crash at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, the press release stated.
A friend of Jordan’s, whose name was not available in time for this story, found him using GPS spot locators. Jordan was trapped in the vehicle from 9:30 p.m. Tuesday until the rescue was completed at 5:39 a.m. Wednesday, police said.
The Baker County Search and Rescue Team was activated at 2 a.m. Wednesday to help bring Jordan up from the “incredibly steep grade,” a Baker County Sheriff’s Office press release stated.
Sheriff Travis Ash and SAR members responded and began a technical rope rescue to reach Jordan.
Members of the search and rescue team and volunteers with the Halfway Fire and Halfway-Oxbow Ambulance worked together using a rope-and-winch system to carry Jordan up the steep hillside.
Jordan, who police said was not wearing a seatbelt, was flown by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise.