Man jumps before vehicle tumbles down embankment

A Centralia man barely averted disaster by jumping out of his truck seconds before it tumbled down a 200-foot embankment in the North River area on Tuesday.

The incident happened sometime between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Brooklyn Road near Pacific County. Law enforcement officials said the man is in his 40s and was on a drive with his girlfriend when the two got into an argument. The woman, who is in her 20s, left the truck to walk down the road. After an undetermined time, the man went looking for her in his truck. In the darkness, he ran off the road, and the truck went tumbling down an embankment. The man jumped out of the car and escaped any injury, authorities said.

“He was able to bail out of the vehicle sometime before it went over the edge,” said Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Department Lt. Dave Porter. “He did not go with the vehicle when it was tumbling, otherwise this would have been a different story.”

The man and law enforcement officers and District One Fire continued to search for the woman, who was found at 6:30 a.m. farther down the road. The crash is under investigation to see if any charges will be filed.