Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies described a driver as lucky on Wednesday even as they cited him for multiple traffic infractions and he was transported to a hospital with injuries, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.
The 25-year-old needed help from Central Pierce Fire & Rescue to get free from his mangled car after a three-car accident that blocked all lanes of Canyon Road near the intersection of 152nd Street. He was transported to a hospital. Witnesses told deputies the silver Honda Accord was speeding in southbound lanes when it attempted to cut across two lanes to avoid a tow truck.
The driver lost control of the car, which crossed over the center median and into the path of a Ford F150 truck and a Toyota Highlander SUV. The collision collapsed the passenger side of the vehicle, pinning the driver between the passenger and driver doors.
“If he had a passenger in his vehicle at the time they would not have survived,” the Sheriff Department’s post stated.
A skid mark from the Honda was measured at 142 feet. The driver was cited for reckless driving, reckless endangerment and for having an expired license and no insurance. A deputy noted in the report that the driver was “very lucky to be alive.”
Drivers of the other cars were shaken but not injured, according to the department’s post.