SNOHOMISH — A 74-year-old man was rescued Thursday after he drove off a 60-foot embankment west of Snohomish.
Early in the morning, he reportedly missed his turn at the T-intersection of Riverview Road and 85th Avenue SE, sheriff’s spokesperson Courtney O’Keefe said. When he backed up to turn around, his vehicle went over the edge of the road.
The man was likely at the bottom of the embankment for hours, O’Keefe said, but no one knew exactly how long he was stuck. His wife reportedly woke up at 8 a.m. and realized he wasn’t home. Shortly after, she reported him missing.
The man had managed to get himself out of the car but couldn’t make his way back up to the road. Around 10:45 a.m., a neighbor was out feeding horses when she heard someone yelling for help. She saw the man stuck at the bottom of the embankment and called 911.
Rescue crews used ropes to rappel down and pulled him out on a backboard.
The man was transported to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. He had hypothermia and suffered minor injuries such as scrapes and bruises, according to Fire District 4. He also had pre-existing medical conditions that likely were exacerbated.