Forks man hurt in wreck

FORKS — A Forks man was airlifted to an Everett hospital on Wednesday after he was ejected from a pickup that fell about 80 feet down an embankment along U.S. Highway 101, the State Patrol said.

Wayne Slusser, 68, was driving southbound in a 2004 Ford F-250 at about 3:30 a.m. when he entered a left turn, drifted to the right, struck two corner directional signs and rolled twice down an embankment, troopers said.

His condition at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett was not immediately available.

The wreck occurred near milepost 187 south of Forks along the Bogachiel River, according to a State Patrol collision memo.

“Driver was ejected from the vehicle,” the memo said.

“A citizen who was looking for the driver located the vehicle and reported the collision at 12:34 p.m.”

Slusser was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, the State Patrol said.

The collision memo said Slusser had been sent to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Trooper Chelsea Hodgson, State Patrol spokeswoman, later clarified that he had been diverted to Everett.

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