Person flown to Seattle hospital after collision down embankment

PORT ANGELES — A person involved in a collision that left a vehicle down an embankment on Deer Park Road was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Clallam 2 Fire-Rescue said in a press release.

Firefighters were dispatched just after 8 a.m. Saturday to the collision near the 6 1/2-mile mark on Deer Park Road, Fire Chief Jake Patterson said.

The person, identified as the single adult occupant, was trapped with life-threatening injuries in the vehicle, which was pinned against a tree about 20 feet down the embankment, Patterson said.

Firefighter/paramedics and EMTs used hydraulic extrication tools to untangle the person and then used a litter to get them up to the roadway, where a crew from Olympic Ambulance was waiting to take over care.

A Lifeflight helicopter landed near the 7000 block of Deer Park Road and flew the person to Harborview for continued care. The fire district was not able to provide an update on the person’s condition.

Based on initial reports, it is possible the collision may have occurred sometime during the night and was discovered by a passerby about 8 a.m., Patterson said.

Clallam 2 Fire-Rescue responded with two ambulances, one fire engine, one rescue vehicle and one command vehicle with a total of 13 personnel. Olympic Ambulance responded with one ambulance and two personnel.

Clallam County Sheriff’s deputies responded and provided traffic control and will continue to investigate the collision.

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