Overturned SUV ends up stuck in deep ditch

Crash occurs in Camas-Washougal area

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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An SUV that overturned while going off a roadway north of the Camas/Washougal area ended up nose-first in a deep ditch Thursday evening.

The crash, reported at 5:44 p.m., required a technical rescue team to stabilize the vehicle and extricate the driver, who had minor injuries. The SUV was about 12 feet down an embankment at the southwest corner of the intersection of Northeast 292nd Avenue and Stauffer Road in Camas, said East County Fire & Rescue Capt. Mike Carnes.

Firefighters couldn’t access the front or side of the vehicle, which was wedged upside-down in muddy ground. Although the ground was soft, it wasn’t watery. It would have been a more urgent situation if the driver had his head in water, Carnes said.

Unable to immediately determine the extent of the driver’s injuries, firefighters called for assistance from the Vancouver Fire Department’s heavy rescue team.

Firefighters with East County and the Camas-Washougal Fire Department stabilized the car with braces, to prevent the vehicle from moving when they attempted to get the driver out, Carnes said.

They went through the back of the car to get the driver, who was loaded into a stokes basket and pulled up the embankment using a rope system. The entire rescue took less than an hour from when the call came into 911, Carnes said.

The man was treated by medics at the scene and declined transport to a hospital.