A car driven by a 56-year-old Montesano man was involved in a single-vehicle accident on Sunday morning near Porter on Highway 12. At approximately 7 a.m., a 1990 Honda Accord driven by Brian Douglas of Montesano was heading east on Highway 12 when it left the roadway, struck a tree and rolled down an embankment, coming to rest just feet from the railroad tracks. The driver, who called the accident in himself, was complaining of minor injuries.
Grays Harbor Fire District 5 responded with two engines, a medic unit and a command unit, along with nine personnel from District 5. In addition, Elma Fire responded with two people on one of their engines, Grays Harbor Fire District 1 responded with two people and an engine, but was put on standby. The incident commander requested 911 dispatch to notify the railroad of the potential blocking accident.
The male patient had to be extricated from the location by fire/EMS personnel and was transported to Summit Pacific Hospital by Grays Harbor Fire District No. 5. The scene and the vehicle removal was turned over to the Washington State Patrol, which reported that the driver was wearing a seat belt and no alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident.
Douglas was treated and released from the hospital.