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Only minor injuries as two careen into icy White River
Washington State Patrol troopers were dispatched Friday to a vehicle that had left state Route 410, rolled down a rocky embankment and landed upside down under water in the icy waters of the White River east of Enumclaw.
The incident had a happy ending as neither of the two occupants was severely injured thanks to their seatbelts and the quick actions of helpful good Samaritans.
The driver, a 48-year-old Silverdale man, and his passenger, a 19-year-old female also from Silverdale, were driving a 1998 four-wheel drive Toyota 4 Runner eastbound on 410, headed for a day of fun at Crystal Mountain. The driver lost control on the ice as he attempted to pass a slower vehicle and immediately left the roadway, careening end over end down a rocky ledge. The Toyota landed upside down with the windows under the water of the snow- and ice-covered White River, with the two occupants stuck inside.
Quick acting witnesses entered the water and extricated the two trapped individuals using crowbars to pry the jammed doors open. The driver and passenger were only slightly injured thanks to their seatbelts and were able to get out of the river on their own as soon as the jammed doors were opened.
The driver and passenger were seen by fire personnel and released at the scene. The driver was cited for driving too fast for the icy conditions with a penalty of $175.
The unknown good Samaritans left the scene prior to the arrival of medical personnel.