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One injured, one possibly missing after car crash at Point Defiance Park

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on July 8, 2013 at 11:08 am |
July 8, 2013 1:42 pm
Lui Kit Wong/staff photographer
Lui Kit Wong/staff photographer

UPDATE as of 1:22 p.m.: Police and searchers are still looking for a second man who could have been inside a Honda Civic that appears to have rolled over on Five Mile Drive in Point Defiance Park this morning.

A man who was found injured outside of the vehicle provided authorities with confusing information about what happened and whether anyone else was inside the car.

Police said since there is a possibility somebody could be injured near the wreckage, they will exhaust all efforts to locate the passenger.

INITIAL POST: Tacoma police are investigating an early morning crash in Point Defiance Park.

A passerby called 911 just before 7 a.m. to report that a semi-conscious man was outside a wrecked Honda Civic on Five Mile Drive near the old Camp 6.

Police and firefighters responded and questioned the man, who denied being involved in an accident. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Witnesses reported seeing someone hanging out of the passenger window before the crash so police scoured the area but weren’t able to find anyone.

They are checking with area hospitals and a Pierce County airplane is being used to search for anyone who could have been thrown from the wreck. A search and rescue dog is also looking in the woods near the accident.

Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool warned visitors to drive slowly through the park because of pedestrians and the number of roads that merge together with little notice.

“Speeding is asking for something bad to happen,” she said.

This is the second serious crash on Five Mile Drive in the last three months.

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