Wednesday night crash off SR 165 leaves one dead

A Wednesday night accident left one man dead and had another struggling through the night to eventually call for help.

According to reports from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, a truck occupied by two young men went over an embankment at approximately 10 p.m. The incident occurred in the 38900 block of state Route 165.

A 21-year-old reportedly walked away from the crash and, after trekking for 13 to 14 hours, was able to call 911. He reported that his 23-year-old friend was hurt, possibly unconscious.

According to Sheriff's Department spokesman Ed Troyer, emergency responders located the vehicle and found it unoccupied. That was initially good news, Troyer said, as searchers hoped the man was able to walk for help. Those hopes were soon dashed, as the search team followed a trail of blood and found the man deceased.

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