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Car goes off Northeast Lucia Falls Road, into East Fork Lewis River

Driver rescued, taken to hospital; investigation continues

By Mia Ryder-Marks, Columbian staff reporter
Published: February 19, 2024, 6:10pm

One person was rescued Monday morning from the East Fork Lewis River after their vehicle drove off the road and down a 30-foot embankment.

Fire crews responded at about 7 a.m. to the 21500 block of Northeast Lucia Falls Road for a vehicle that was tire-deep in the river, according to Chuck Andrus, division chief at Clark County Fire District 13. Emergency dispatch logs show Clark County Fire District 3 was the initial responder, as well as the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Fire District 3 went down the embankment and found one person in the vehicle. Crews stabilized the vehicle and extricated the occupant. Fire District 13 then provided mutual aid by setting up a rope system to hoist the driver and rescuers up the slope, Andrus said.

The driver was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to a Fire District 13 Facebook post.

The road was closed for about 1½ hours during the response.

Deputies are investigating the crash.