Woman in wheelchair falls over embankment at Heritage Trail

She received only minor injuries

A woman escaped with minor injuries Friday when her electric wheelchair fell off the Heritage Trail next to Lacamas Lake in Camas.

She had been traveling around noon along the trail on the south shore of the lake when she went over an embankment and fell about 15 feet onto the lake bed, according to Camas-Washougal fire Chief Nick Swinhart. The woman’s name was not released.

The water at Lacamas Lake is currently very low to help with annual lake cleanup, Swinhart said. Any other time of the year, the area where the woman fell would normally be underwater.

She appeared to have only minor injuries; she was taken to an ambulance waiting down the trail and then to a local hospital for evaluation.

Firefighters returned to the spot on the trail a few hours later to remove the 350-pound wheelchair from the lake bed. Crews made a wooden ramp to help get the wheelchair back on the trail and returned it to family members.