He ponders all the ‘what ifs’ that would have left him a goner

After he plunged down a remote road near Darrington, a veteran with medical training happened by.

A Toyota Tundra driven by Christian Schimandle, 43, a cell tower worker, crashed and rolled over a cliff and into a maple tree Sept. 13, in remote woods northwest of Darrington. A stump pierced the driver’s side window and punctured Schimandle’s chest. He survived but spent weeks at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. (Photo courtesy Schimandle family)

A Toyota Tundra driven by Christian Schimandle, 43, a cell tower worker, crashed and rolled over a cliff and into a maple tree Sept. 13, in remote woods northwest of Darrington. A stump pierced the driver’s side window and punctured Schimandle’s chest. He survived but spent weeks at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. (Photo courtesy Schimandle family)

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