Car Falls 150 feet to lake rim

Four persons had a narrow escape from death

early Saturday when their light sedan skidded out of

control across the Sunset Highway four miles west of

North Bend and plummeted 150 feet down a bank to the

edge of Echo Lake.

Sgt. L.H. Baker, who investigated, reported that

the driver, Bruce A. Taylor, Seattle, was attempting to

pass another eastbound car when the accident occurred at

5:30 a.m.

Taylor completed his pass, Baker said, but got

into the loose gravel on the 30-foot shoulder. The car

skidded in the gravel and traveled across the blacktop in

front of the other vehicle before going over the bank.

Taylor, 48, sustained lacerations of the head,

face and legs. Mary Johnson, 40, Seattle, suffered a

compound fracture of the left ankle. Dr. E.W.

Templeton, Snoqualmie, went down the bank to treat the

injured woman at the scene of the crash. Taylor and Miss

Johnson were taken to Harborview.

Car Demolished

Also injured were Gudie Benedict, 34, Seattle,

who incurred a back injury and laceration of the head,

and James Marshall, 34, Seattle, who had lacerations of

the head and a possible shoulder fracture. Both

received first aid at Nelems Memorial Hospital before being

transferred to Seattle.

The car, a '41 light sedan, was a total wreck,

Baker said. Driver of the other vehicle was Stanley Larson

of Snoqualmie.

Sgt. Baker said that Taylor will receive a citation

for negligent driving.

LeRoy S. Ducken, Carnation, was injured fatally

and two Issaquah men were hurt in another crash at

10:30 p.m. Thursday on the Fall City-Preston Road. Sgt.

Baker and State Patrolman A.J. Brozovich, said Ducken

was trying to pass an automobile on a curve 1 1/2 miles

south of Fall City when his pickup truck collided almost

head on with an oncoming car.

Driver of the car, Albert Eugene Hogback, 20,

of Issaquah, suffered cuts and bruises. A passenger,

Fred Dafler, suffered minor injuries. Both were taken

to Nelems Memorial Hospital.

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