Carbonado, WA, United States (4E) – A 23-year-old man from Auburn, Washington was killed after his vehicle rolled down an embankment in a remote forested area near a national park in Pierce County last Thursday.
According to a Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman, the crash happened around 1 a.m. near the Mount Rainier National Park Thursday but officials learned about it several hours later when a second man who was also involved in the accident, was able to free himself to walk into town and inform the authorities.
The 21-year-old man told officials that he and his friend were heading towards Evans Creek park after dark when a deer jumped in front of their truck, causing the vehicle to go off the road and roll down over 25 times into the steep embankment.
Authorities were told that after crawling out of the vehicle, he turned to his friend and found him unresponsive. The man, who lost his shoes in the wreck, hiked up the cliff barefoot through the night until he ended up at the town of Carbonado where he informed emergency officers about the accident.
The fire department called East Pierce Fire & Rescue, which immediately sent crews to the crash scene after being assisted by the 21-year-old man.
After ground and air crews searched the area and located the vehicle, they found the second man dead some distance away from the vehicle.
The name of the two men were not immediately released and the condition of the survivor is not known.