City man airlifted after crash

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WALLA WALLA — A 59-year-old Walla Walla man was taken to Harborview Medical center with internal injuries, Wednesday morning, after crashing into a bridge abutment.

According to Walla Walla Police, Alan Lawrence was driving south on Myra Road at about 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday when his vehicle left the roadway.

The right tires of Lawrence’s Dodge Dakota pickup jumped the curb, according to a police report, and the vehicle traveled “a considerable ways without driver input.”

“Then the left side tires also jumped the curb, and evidence at the scene still shows little if any driver’s impact,” wrote Officer Ron Gilbreath in a police report.

Lawrence’s pickup then traveled outside the bridge guard rail, and crashed into concrete barriers at high speed, police said.

“The engine was pushed all the way into the passenger compartment,” said Tim Bennett, spokesman for the Police Department. Bennett added Lawrence was not wearing a seat belt, and the truck had no air bags. Bennett stated Lawrence suffered internal injuries and broken bone following the collision.

Lawrence was taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center, then flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he was listed in critical condition today.

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