Two teen-agers escaped serious injury Tuesday afternoon when their car skidded off Glacier Highway and rolled down an embankment next to Twin Lakes. One was cited for speeding.
The incident, just before 3 p.m., involved a dark gray Mazda Protege headed outbound on Glacier Highway, where the speed limit is 40 miles per hour. On the curve just past Blackberry Street, the car crossed the center line, skidded over the curb and down the 10-foot embankment above the icy lakes.
It landed upside down, in a narrow ditch between the bottom of the steep embankment and the bike path. The car came to rest the width of the bike path from the 4-foot drop to the lake surface. Its back window was shattered.
An ambulance and several police cars responded to the scene, but neither the driver nor the passenger was transported to hospital.
``The car is probably totaled,'' Officer Troy Wilson said at the scene.
There were no other vehicles around or involved in the accident, Wilson said. The road was dry and sanded.
The male driver, 17, and his passenger, a 15-year-old girl, were questioned at the scene. Both had been wearing seat belts.
The driver was cited for traveling at an unsafe speed, Wilson said. His mother went to the scene and took him home.
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