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wcjp 11-16-2010 09:23 PM

Evans Creek Tragedy
Just found this over at Komo. Never wheel alone. Find better friends. Monday's weather was not great wheelin weather.

CARBONADO, Wash. -- A Puyallup man was killed and his 4-year-old son was critically injured after crashing their truck in the Cascade foothills Monday night.

John Layton of Puyallup and his son were last seen near Evans Creek Off Road Vehicle Park, which is about 45 miles southeast of Seattle on Highway 165 near Carbonado, said Det. Sgt. Jerry Bates with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

"I think it's very fortunate, and we just hope that he continues to improve," said Bates of the boy. "We'll hope for the best for the young man."

Layton sent a text to friends Monday night saying he flipped his truck. Concerned friends called police Tuesday morning.

Rescuers reached the truck late Tuesday morning and found Layton dead inside the truck and his son critically injured.

Bates said it is not known why friends didn't call 911 on Monday night.

"I couldn't tell you. I have no idea," he said. "Obviously, if someone finds themselves in a similar situation, we would want to hear from them in that situation."

The boy was taken to an elementary school, then flown by medical helicopter to Mary Bridge Hospital in Tacoma.

Investigators have not said yet what caused them to crash.

A rain gauge along the nearby Carbon River measured 1.20" of rain from Monday morning through Tuesday morning. Video from Air4 showed continued rain and heavy cloud cover in the area late Tuesday morning, but it's unclear if weather was a factor in the crash.

wcjp 11-17-2010 10:37 AM

The way I read this they might have been on a quad? My guess is they used the truck to recover the quad?

Rubiclone 11-17-2010 11:05 AM

This closer to what we heard from the ranger who found them last night.

Searchers found a Puyallup man dead, his 4-year-old son critically injured and a truck nearby on its side Tuesday at an off-road vehicle park in East Pierce County.

The boy was flown by helicopter to Tacoma’s Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Care Center for treatment. He was listed in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy on the man, identified as John Layton.

Pierce County sheriff’s investigators were trying to determine what happened at the Evans Creek Off Road Vehicle Park near Carbonado, sheriff’s Sgt. Jerry Bates said.

It was not immediately clear whether the crash – or Layton’s death – was connected to a severe windstorm that whipped through Western Washington late Monday, Bates said. Investigators didn’t know whether the pair spent the night in the truck or outside in the elements.

Layton and his son had been out riding a four-wheeler Monday. The boy’s mother called 911 about 8 p.m. to report that they were overdue, Bates said.

She told the dispatcher she didn’t know where they’d gone. She said it was common for them to go out on the four-wheeler and not return on time.

The woman said she tried to call Layton but couldn’t get through, Bates said.

The mother told the dispatcher she’d call back in the morning if the two had not returned, Bates said.

About 7 a.m. Tuesday, deputies learned that a friend of Layton’s had received a text message about 9 p.m. Monday. In the message, Layton said he had flipped his truck and needed help getting it out, Bates said.

The Sheriff’s Department launched a search. Searchers found the pair about 100 yards from the truck.

It appeared the truck had rolled down a steep, narrow trail, according to East Pierce Fire & Rescue.

“The area where the truck was found is for off-road vehicles,” Bates said. “Why he was out there, we don’t know.”

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wcjp 11-17-2010 11:11 PM

Komo has a pic of the quad. Mother released a statement saying they were not injured in the vehicle roll? Very confusing. Still very sad.

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