A La Crosse man was seriously injured Sunday morning when he failed to navigate a turn on Hwy. 14/61 and his truck sailed over an embankment and struck a tree.
A motorist driving south on Hwy. 35 about 7 a.m. Sunday noticed a broken guard rail and stopped, according to police reports. She noticed a truck at the bottom of a ravine and a man leaning on the railing.
Police arrived to find 48-year-old Mark Raymond dazed and bloody. An off-duty police officer had covered him with his coat and was tending to his injuries.
Raymond said he was coming home from Coon Valley about 2 or 3 a.m. when he missed the turn where Hwy. 14 intersects Hwy. 35. Officers determined his truck had crossed the median, run through about 100 yards of grass and then crossed another three raised medians as it careened through the intersection; it went through a guard rail and sailed at least 50 yards before eventually coming to rest on its side against a tree.
The inside of the truck was splattered with blood, suggesting Raymond was not wearing a seat belt, according to police reports. Raymond, who believed he had a broken leg, crawled up the embankment before he was found.
According to the police report, he smelled of alcohol and was cited for driving while intoxicated.