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Enumclaw crash leaves woman hanging for hours

Post by Rob Carson / The News Tribune on Nov. 12, 2011 at 11:07 am |
November 12, 2011 12:20 pm
(courtesy Washington State Patrol)

A young Kirkland woman is in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center this morning after an Enumclaw car crash that left her hanging upside down in her seat belt for five and a half hours.

The driver, a 25-year-old Bonney Lake man, was ejected from the car and is also at Harborview, in critical condition.

According to Washington State Patrol officer Cliff Pratt, the crash occurred at approximately 1:45 Saturday morning, but the destroyed vehicle was not discovered until 7:10 a.m.

Pratt said the vehicle left Highway 164 near Enumclaw at high speed, flew into a stand of trees and crashed in a spot not visible to passing drivers.

The car, a 1993 Honda Prelude, was discovered by early-morning walkers, he said, who called 911.

The driver was airlifted to Harborview. Emergency responders cut the 27-year-old woman out of her seat belt. She was in serious but stable condition, Pratt said.

“It’s amazing that anybody survived this crash,” Pratt said.

He said evidence at the scene indicated that drugs and/or alcohol were contributing factors.

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