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Man airlifted after crash off embankment by Mt. Baker Ski Area

A helicopter airlifted a 23-year-old man to St. Joseph hospital Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 11, when a Jeep tumbled about 200 feet over an embankment near the Mt. Baker Ski Area.

The driver, Taylor Armstrong, 23, over-corrected the Jeep at a left curve in the road, about a mile from the nearest lodge, while coming down from the mountain around 3:35 p.m., Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis said. The vehicle rolled off the road for 200 feet until it struck a tree on its passenger side.

Here are the initial dispatches via our @BhamCrime account.

— Bellingham Crime (@bhamcrime) February 11, 2014

— Bellingham Crime (@bhamcrime) February 11, 2014

— Bellingham Crime (@bhamcrime) February 12, 2014A passerby called 911.

One of the passengers, a man from Normandy Park, didn't have a seatbelt on, Francis said. He was thrown from the Jeep about halfway down. He was airlifted to the Bellingham hospital with serious injuries. His name hasn't been released.

Armstrong and a passenger in the front seat, Charles Wicklander, 24, had seat belts on, Francis said. Wicklander had a cut to his head but no life-threatening injuries. He was taken to the hospital via ambulance.

The exact cause of the crash remained under investigation Tuesday.

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