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Driver walks away after car lands upside down in creek

Jan. 24, 2017 Updated Tue., Jan. 24, 2017 at 4:08 p.m.

This car landed upside down in a creek near Highway 395 and Crawford Road on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (Spokane County Fire District 4)
This car landed upside down in a creek near Highway 395 and Crawford Road on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (Spokane County Fire District 4)

A car landed upside down in a creek near Highway 395 and Crawford Road just before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, but the driver walked away without serious injury.

The driver was soaking wet but refused treatment by medics, said Megan Hill of Spokane County Fire District 4.

“He got so lucky,” she said.

The incident occurred just south of the Highway 395 and Crawford Road intersection, which is known as “coffin corner” because of the frequency of fatal accidents, Hill said.

The car’s headlights and radio were still on when crews arrived, Hill said. The Department of Ecology was called because of possible gasoline in the creek.

The driver told responding deputies that he thought he fell asleep, said Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Deputy Mark Gregory. The driver was not impaired, Gregory said.

“It sounds like he went over the guardrail and down the embankment,” he said.

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(509) 459-5473; ninac@spokesman.com

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