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Medford woman airlifted after 100-foot fall at Toketee Falls

A 40-year-old Medford woman had to be airlifted Thursday after she fell 100 feet at a popular recreation spot in Douglas County.

Laura Greenley fell near Toketee Falls at 3:20 p.m., according to a news release from Oregon State Police. Greenley had ventured past the safety fencing along the trail and “tried to hike down to the falls,” police said

At about 7 p.m., rescue crews from Douglas County Fire District No. 2 were able to bring the woman back up to the trail. They transferred her to a crew from Bay Cities Ambulance, who then transported her to a Lifeflight helicopter.

She has since been transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, where she is listed in fair condition, according to Asante spokeswoman Lauren Van Sickle.

The viewing platform and upper 100 yards of Toketee Falls Trail No. 1495 was temporarily closed Friday, according to a press release issued by Umpqua National Forest.

Forest officials identified damage to the viewing platform caused by vandals after evaluating the area where Greenley went around safety fencing and fell, the release said.

“We are working diligently to assess and repair the vandalized viewing platform,” said Jimmy Tyree, Diamond Lake district ranger. “We plan to reopen the area soon after our crews have completed repair work and hope to have this accomplished within the next couple weeks.”

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