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Pickup over embankment: two men trapped for at least five hours

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.- Spokane County now say speed and alcohol may have been factors in a crash that trapped two men in a pickup truck for several hours, Monday morning. Emergency crews responded to a pickup over an embankment at Palouse Highway and Stevens Creek Road, around 7am.

According to county dispatchers, two men were trapped in the vehicle for as many as five hours.  Fire rescue crews worked to free the men from the pickup which, according to rescuers had hit a tree on the Palouse Highway and rolled 50 feet down the embankment.

According to Traffic Deputy Mike Brooks, 20-year-old Colter A. McKinnon was driving southbound toward the Palouse Highway when his 1990 GMC Sierra pickup left the roadway sometime after midnight. The truck tipped on its side and struck a tree across the base of the hood.  The impact spun the truck and it rolled another 50 or 60 feet down the hillside.  Brooks said the truck was nearly impossible to see unless you were on the very edge of the roadway above.

McKinnon and his 27-year-old passenger were pinned in the truck and had to be extricated by fire department personnel.  The passenger apparently suffered multiple leg fractures and was airlifted to a downtown hospital. 

McKinnon's pickup was a total loss, Brooks reported.  He said that there were multiple beer cans at the scene, but because so much time had elapsed since the crash, it was unlikely any charges would be lodged.  Also, the gravel surface of the roadway precluded speed estimates. 

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