Whitman County Sheriff

*UPDATED STORY (12/05/22)*

The Colfax man who was injured after becoming pinned between two vehicles while attempting to help one of them become unstuck from the snow has been identified as Cory Alcantar, who is a Deputy with the Whitman County Sheriff's Office.

Alcantar, who was not "working" at the time of the incident, was assisting a driver who had become stuck after sliding off the roadway due to poor weather conditions. While helping the driver, a separate driver also lost control of their vehicle, sliding backwards into Cory, pinning him in-between the two cars.

Cory was transported to Whitman Community Hospital and was later transferred to Deaconess Hospital in Spokane where he was treated for very serious injuries to his left leg.

According to the latest update from the Whitman County Sheriff's Office, Cory is now back home with some new accompanying hardware and still has more surgery scheduled for a few weeks down the road. He is expected to make a full recovery. 

"Thanks for all those who have expressed thoughts and prayers on behalf of Cory Alcantar and his family," read a Facebook post from the Whitman County Sheriff's Office. "Deputy Alcantar will be off for several weeks but we anticipate he will be back to work on both legs soon enough!"

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Original Story (11/30/22)

COLFAX - A Colfax man was injured when he was pinned between two vehicles while trying to help a motorist get unstuck from the snow.

The Colfax Volunteer Fire Department and Colfax Police were called to the incident around 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Police Chief Bruce Blood says the man was trying to push a jeep that was stuck in the snow at the bottom of Lake Street at the intersection with Wawawai Street. The woman driving the jeep reportedly lost traction at the top of the hill on Lake and slid down the slope before becoming stuck.

While the Good Samaritan was trying to free the jeep at the bottom of the slope, a pickup lost traction at the top of the hill and slid down the slope and into the man, pinning him between the two vehicles.

Chief Blood says the man driving the pickup was able to pull off the victim freeing him. The man, whose name was not provided, reportedly suffered non-life threatening leg injuries. He was taken by ambulance to Whitman Hospital and Medical Center for treatment.

Chief Blood says the man in the pickup was ticketed for failing to maintain control of the truck.