Man’s injuries minor after he goes over cliff

An elderly man was transported to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after a traffic accident caused his vehicle to drop off a steep cliff near Jones Road.

First responders said his injuries weren’t critical and the man was awake and alert upon their arrival.

Around 2:30 p.m., the driver was traveling north bound on Jones Road in a Mercedes Benz when he struck a pickup that was pulling out of a driveway, according to Island County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chris Hiatt.

The Mercedes rolled across the lawn, missing a shed and trees, and went through a fence and over the cliffside. The man in the pickup was injured.

The vehicle dropped down an approximately 100-foot, nearly vertical embankment until it struck a cement barrier on a driveway below and flipped onto its roof. North Whidbey Fire and Rescue Chief Mark Kirko said the driver was still sitting in the car with his seat belt on when they arrived.

Fire personnel helped remove the seat belt and were able to extract him from the car, Kirko said.

The man was transported to Island Hospital in Anacortes with reportedly no major injuries. The car was totaled.

Hiatt said he doesn’t believe drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident.

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