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Driver killed in crash 60 feet down embankment in Woodland

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WOODLAND, WA (KPTV) -

A man was killed when he drove a friend's car off the road and 60 feet down an embankment in Woodland.

The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office said the crash happened at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday on the 800 block of Insel Road.

Christopher Beacock, 28, of Woodland, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said he was driving a 2003 Ford Mustang owned by Matthew Hance, 25, of Battle Ground. Hance had allowed Beacock to test drive the car, according to deputies.

Hance and another man, Nicholas Ackerill, 33, of Ridgefield, were also in the car at the time of the crash. They were taken to the hospital and deputies said their conditions were not known Wednesday afternoon.

Two witnesses reported that the car appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to make the corner on Insel Road. The car traveled off the roadway and down a 45-degree incline.

"We could hear the car coming because it wasn't muffled, it was really roaring up the hill here at a high rate of speed, everyone was aware, this is a quiet neighborhood, we don't even have any street lights," said witness Paul Dumas. 

"One way or another they were going to get into trouble up here, because they were just going way too fast."

Rescue teams had difficulty reaching the car because of the steep terrain. More than 50 rescue workers responded to the scene.

"They all jumped out of their cars, and ran down that steep embankment in the slippery wet mud and grass and just braved that," said Dumas. 

"They had flashlights in their teeth so they could grab everything they could with their hands, and they went down there, and saved the life of two of them."

The cause of the crash is under investigation, and deputies said it is unknown if alcohol was a factor pending a blood toxicology test.

The men had just left Beacock's house, according to investigators, which is less than a mile from the crash scene.

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