Spokane Police Investigating Crash Over Embankment Near Spokane River

Ofc. Ben Green

Monday, April 4, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Spokane Police responded to a crash Monday near Kiernan/Northwest Blvd, over the embankment down to the Spokane River; driver in critical condition.

Monday afternoon, April 4, 2016, just after 4:00 pm, Spokane Police responded with Spokane Fire Department to a report of a single-vehicle crash near Kiernan and Northwest Boulevard.  The truck swerved across the road before leaving the road and traveling over the embankment, down the hill, across the Aubrey L. White Parkway and continuing down (an estimated 300 feet) until finally coming to a rest beside the Spokane River. The 27 year old man was ejected from the vehicle and landed in the river.


Several citizens witnessed the truck leave the road. Two of them immediately followed on foot, running down the steep embankment in an effort to help the driver. They were able to pull the driver out of the river and render aid while waiting for medics to arrive. The driver was transported to an area hospital where he remains in critical condition. No one else was in the vehicle or injured in this crash.


The driver is a City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department employee; he was on-duty at the time of the crash. The City of Spokane is deeply grateful for the quick and selfless actions of our citizens as they provided critical help to the driver until police and fire arrived.


Major Crimes Collision Investigators are continuing to investigate how this crash occurred. Anyone who witnessed the crash and has not spoken to police, or may have information for investigators, is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

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