Man in satisfactory condition after life-threatening injuries from crash near Mount Rainier

A man seriously injured Saturday night in a crash near the Fairfax Bridge was listed in satisfactory condition Monday at Tacoma General Hospital.

The wreck happened about 8:30 p.m. on Carbon River Forest Reserve Road, several miles from the bridge and near an entrance to Mount Rainier National Park, according to East Pierce Fire & Rescue.

The agency initially said the wreck was a head-on crash.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department later reported it appeared a pickup truck and a car were racing down the roadway in the same direction, when the car tried to pass and the pickup and the driver swerved at the other vehicle and lost control.

The car left the road and the pickup landed in the street on its side after the crash.

The driver had been thrown part way out of the pickup and was pinned under the truck when crews arrived, according to East Pierce and the Sheriff’s Department. He was taken to Tacoma General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The other occupant of the pickup and the driver of the car were not hurt.

The car driver, who the sheriff’s department said showed signs of intoxication, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault.