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UPDATED: Tacoma firefighters rescue driver after truck went over embankment

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 19, 2009 at 10:44 am |
November 19, 2009 2:10 pm

Tacoma firefighters are on the scene of a pickup truck that’s gone over an embankment at Heron Ridge Drive Northeast and Marine View Drive.

Tacoma police are blocking traffic on Marine View Drive as firefighters work to rescue the truck, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

According to scanner traffic, the truck was right side up. A technical rescue team was requested.

The cause of the crash will be under investigation.

UPDATE: The truck went about 100 feet down a heavily wooded embankment in the 6300 block of Marine View Drive, Tacoma fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said.

There is one patient. Firefighters will be performing a high-angle rope rescue to get him out.

The incident began about 10:25 a.m.

UPDATE 2: Firefighters freed the man in the 11 o’clock hour. We don’t know his condition at this point. The man’s injuries were appeared to be minor. Marine View Drive was reopened around 11 a.m.

Tacoma Firefighter / Paramedic Brett Collett, left, and Paramedic Lt. L.J. Hupp right along with help from firefighters using a human powered pulley system, rescued a man who plunged nearly 100 ft down a heavily wooded embankment near Herons Ridge and Marine View Drive Thursday morning after he swerved to avoid on-coming traffic. Thurs. , November 19, 2009.  Photo by (Dean J. Koepfler / The News Tribune)
Tacoma Firefighter / Paramedic Brett Collett, left, and Paramedic Lt. L.J. Hupp right along with help from firefighters using a human powered pulley system, rescued a man who plunged nearly 100 ft down a heavily wooded embankment near Herons Ridge and Marine View Drive Thursday morning after he swerved to avoid on-coming traffic. Thurs. , November 19, 2009. Photo by (Dean J. Koepfler / The News Tribune)
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