Vale grad on the road to recovery after serious car crash

The remains of Maycee DeLong's Honda Accord underscore the seriousness of her car crash in January. (Submitted photo).

VALE – Brandon Smalley’s thought as he ran up to the destroyed Honda Accord on a highway south of Salem was that no one inside could be alive.

The dark blue vehicle sat halfway down an embankment off of U.S. Highway 99 on the morning of Jan. 31.

He called 911 as he clambered over the guard rail and through blackberry bushes to reach the car.

At first Smalley didn’t see anyone. He yelled out.

“It looked really bad,” said Smalley.

Then he heard a woman’s voice.

“She said she was conscious. She said her name and her age. Then she kept asking me to please help . . .