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Kamiah crash victim trapped for hours until Saturday rescue

WOODLAND – An injured Kamiah motorist was trapped for hours until his rescue off a steep embankment last Saturday, June 21.

George W. Garrett, 48, was transported by MedStar helicopter to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston for treatment of unspecified injuries. As of Tuesday, June 24, he was listed in the ICU in fair condition.

Garrett has been reported missing at 10:15 a.m., Saturday, to Idaho County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Sokolowski, having last been seen at 9 p.m. the Friday prior, according to an Idaho County Sheriff’s Office report. At 11:38, Sokolowski was dispatched to a single-vehicle crash on Woodland Road near the top of the grade, 9.5 miles north of Kamiah and immediately assisted Kamiah fire and EMS personnel in recovering Garrett from his wrecked 1989 Chevrolet Blazer, which was located nearly 350 feet straight down the embankment. Retrieval took three hours.

Information from Nez Perce Tribal Police – which was in the area for an unrelated investigation – was Garrett had stopped and talked to them at 9:30 p.m. that Friday, June 20, and drove less than half a mile, went left of center and off the roadway where the vehicle rolled down the embankment. He was found Saturday, around 11:15 a.m. by a passerby who noticed the tire marks of the vehicle leaving the roadway. The passerby yelled and heard Garret’s response, and then called 911.

Garrett was wearing a seat belt. Contributing factor for the crash was exceeding the posted speed. Jackson’s Towing provided wrecker services.

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