Seat belts and good Samaritans saved two people whose four-wheel drive vehicle flipped off an icy roadway into the White River in Southeastern King County, according to Washington State Patrol.
A 48-year-old Silverdale man with a 19-year-old female passenger was trying to pass another vehicle on State Route 410 Friday, when he hit an icy patch, according to the State Patrol. After his 1998 Toyotoa 4 Runner careened off the roadway, it flipped end over end down a rocky ledge and landed upside-down in the river.
The windows were submerged in water running underneath a layer of snow and ice on the river when two good Samaritans came to rescue the pair. They used crowbars to pry open the jammed doors, and both the driver and passenger were able to exit the vehicle with only minor injuries.
Fire personnel treated both people in the accident and released them at the scene. State Patrol issued the driver a $175 speeding ticket.
The good Samaritans left the scene before State Patrol arrived, so their identities remain unknown.
In a news release about the accident, the State Patrol asked drivers to remember to drive the speed limit, wear seat belts and maintain a safe following distance no matter what kind of vehicle they’re in because “driving a four- or all-wheel-drive vehicle gives no greater advantage on ice.”