Driver swerves into ditch off Lateral 1 Road

Driver swerves into ditch off Lateral 1 Road

WAPATO, Wash. - The driver of a car crash off Lateral 1 Road is recovering from a fractured hip.

Reports from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) said driver Austin Winsley, 27, of Wapato was heading east in a 2001 Jeep Cherokee when at 9:20 a.m., Monday he swerved when approaching Lateral C Road on Lateral 1 and went into a ditch.

Winsley said he had swerved to avoid hitting an animal in the road.

After the Jeep rolled into a ditch at the north side of the road, the Jeep went roughly 80 feet into the air where the ditch ended and flipped over.

A passerby notified law enforcement of the crash. Medics arrived and transported Winsley to Yakima Memorial Hospital in an ambulance where he is recovering from a fractured hip and other injuries which are not life-threatening.

Responders said the victim was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident and he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.