A sport utility vehicle drove off the road close to the Mt. Baker Ski Resort district earlier this month, leaving the driver and one occupant seriously injured. The victims might not have been found if not for witnesses who saw the tire tracks leading off Mt. Baker Highway. The witnesses followed the tracks and discovered the SUV, which had driven off a cliff and was several hundred feet away from the road.
Twenty firefighters were needed to rescue the victims of the crash, who were at the bottom of a 250-foot embankment in a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer. Firefighters miraculously rescued everyone in the car in a rescue operation that took almost four hours to complete.
The 16-year-old male driver of the car and a 17-year-old male passenger of the car needed transport to St. Joseph hospital. One was flown by air transport. Both of them were not wearing seat belts. As for the two other passengers, an 18-year-old female and a 19-year-old female, both escaped the crash unharmed. However, authorities rushed them to the hospital to ensure that they weren't harmed.
Police suspect that the driver of the vehicle was intoxicated at the time of the accident. He is now facing charges of driving under the influence.
It's so fortunate that all of the individuals in this collision survived. However, the injured 17-year-old boy will likely require expensive medical care and time to heal before he has recovered. When a drunk driver causes injury to his or her passenger like this in Montana, the injured passenger may be able to pursue financial compensation in court.
Source: kiro7.com, "Four passengers injured after car drives off roadway near Mt. Baker Ski Area," Nov. 04, 2017