SUV goes over embankment at 29th and High Drive - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

SUV goes over embankment at 29th and High Drive

SPOKANE, Wash. - Four people are very lucky to be alive after their car rolled down an embankment on High Drive near 29th street Thursday night. 

At 5:16 p.m on Thursday the Spokane Fire Department responded to the area of 29th Avenue and High Drive after receiving multiple calls for a report of a vehicle over the embankment.  Initially callers had told fire dispatch that there were two victims that had been ejected and two other victims still trapped in the vehicle. Due to the nature and location of the incident, multiple SFD resources responded, including 4 engines, 2 ladders, 1 heavy rescue and two Battalion Chiefs.  Among those responding were the fire department's technical rescue and vehicle extrication specialists.

Upon arriving crews reported a vehicle had gone over the embankment and firefighters were attempting to get down the hillside to locate any victims and determine the extent of their injuries. The fire crews, working in the wet, slippery, and dangerous conditions on a very steep area of High Drive, carefully made their way down to the vehicle. While working their way down the embankment, crews located two victims who apparently climbed out of the vehicle after it came to a stop, and were working their way up the slope to summon help. The victims, a 16-year-old female and a 17-year-old male received minor injuries and were treated by paramedics at the scene before being transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center by a private vehicle.

While the first two victims were being assisted, other fire crews made their way down to the vehicle, a mid-size SUV that had come to rest on its passenger side, approximately 1200 feet down the embankment. Two adult victims, a male and a female, were found trapped in the heavily damaged vehicle. The female was removed through a window of the SUV and treated by paramedics for non-life threatening injuries. Extrication was required to remove the male from the vehicle, and he was also treated for non-life threatening injuries. Both adult victims were carried by up the embankment by firefighters and transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Fire officials say this was an extremely difficult and treacherous rescue. Nearly one half of the on-duty Spokane Fire Department crews operated at the scene of the crash for over three hours. One firefighter was injured during the rescue, suffering a back injury after slipping on the compacted snow on the way back up the hillside. He was released from duty after return to the station.

The initial cause of the crash is under investigation by the Spokane Police Department. Road conditions were slick at the time of the incident and may have contributed to the crash.

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