Wapato area man breaks hip by swerving to avoid animal in roadway

A Wapato area man rolled his Jeep into a ditch Monday morning. He said he was swerving to miss an animal in the roadway. 

Austin Winsley, 27, broke his hip when he drove wrecked going eastbound on Lateral 1 Road near Lateral C Road around 9:20 a.m.

"The Jeep left the roadway and went into the ditch along the north side of the roadway. Where the ditch ended, the Jeep went into the air and went about 80 feet in the air and across the empty canal at Lateral C Rd," according to the Yakima County Sheriff's Office. 

His 2001 Jeep Cherokee was flattened. Thankfully, he was wearing a seatbelt. 

A passerby notified authorities to have him rescued. 

An ambulance transported him to Yakima Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

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