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UPDATED: Man who drove off cliff in Carbonado found dead

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Nov. 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
November 8, 2012 1:34 pm
(Credit: KIRO-TV)

UPDATE as of 1:31 p.m.: Searchers followed a trail of blood leading away from the wreckage and found the driver dead, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The man was from Auburn.

UPDATE as of 12:35 p.m.: Search crews have located the vehicle beneath an embankment near Evans Creek off-road vehicle park but have not found the driver, who was left behind because he was unconscious.

“That’s good news,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. “We’re hoping the person is well enough that he went looking for help.”

INITIAL POST: After a truck drove off a cliff in Carbonado on Wednesday, a 21-year-old man hiked 14 hours through the night to find a phone and call for help for the driver, who was unconscious after the wreck.

Pierce County sheriff’s search and rescue crews are making their way to the vehicle to determine whether the driver, a 23-year-old man, is still alive.

The truck left the roadway and veered off a cliff in the 38900 block of state Route 165, rolling up to 25 times, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

It’s unclear what caused the accident or how long it will take searchers to reach the driver.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.

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