Woman dies from injuries in Wilkeson handcar race

The normally boisterous Wilkeson handcar races immediately turned solemn Saturday afternoon when a competitor fell from a handcar and was run over, suffering fatal injuries. Medics were on the scene in less than a minute, an emergency airlift was immediately called for and the victim who was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she died.

The normally boisterous Wilkeson handcar races immediately turned solemn Saturday afternoon when a competitor fell from a handcar and was run over, suffering fatal injuries.

Medics were on the scene in less than a minute, an emergency airlift was immediately called for and the victim who was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she died.

According to Chief Alan Predmore of the Buckley Fire Department, the victim did not survive surgery.

Wilkeson boosters were celebrating the 40th anniversary of the handcar races, which honor the community’s mining and railroad history. Teams of competitors pump the handles of the old-fashioned handcars down a short length of track just a couple of blocks from the center of town.

According to media reports, the victim was 47-year-old Charity Lisherness.

Predmore said it appeared she fell from the handcar and was run over, suffering both internal and head injuries.

Emergency medical crews from the Buckley Fire Department were staffing the handcar event, as they always do, so their response time was minimal. Lisherness was transported a couple of blocks to the lawn behind Wilkeson Elementary School, where the helicopter set down.

 

More in News

Cross-country cyclists make first stop in Enumclaw

Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members from all around the country stopped at Ashley House on their first stop on the Journey of Hope tour.

Wyatt Hodder same in third in one of this year’s tree climbing competitions. Photo by Ashley Britschgi
Junior Show attracts 142 competitors, here are the winners

Make sure you don’t miss the big event next weekend.

After Seattle’s controversial employee head tax was repealed, King County Executive Dow Constantine wants to bond against existing tax revenues to generate $100 million for affordable housing. Photo by Joe Mabel/Wikipedia Commons
County executive proposes $100 million affordable housing bond

The money was already coming, but Constantine wants to speed up the process.

Bonney Lake High School graduation 2018 | Slideshow

Check out the Panthers in their cap and gowns getting ready for life’s next challenges.

Programs come together for benefit of White River graduates

Check out which Hornets were honored during the 2018 graduation.

Enumclaw Health and Rehab offers free nursing training

The next round of classes starts Monday, June 26, and runs through July 24.

Public health and medical community pledge to decrease gun violence | Public Health Insider

In 2016, 663 adults and 20 children died from a firearm injury in Washington state, including 144 adults and 7 children from King County.

Enumclaw couple reach marriage milestone of 75 years

Fred and Jean Gramann have been married since 1943

Jeter returns to Bonney Lake as police chief

The city has grown since he left 13 years ago, but Bryan Jeter says he’s ready for the challenge.

Most Read