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Speed Kills

An unnecessary tragedy occurred on February 8, 2014 when a Toyota Land Cruiser going too fast heading up the Middle Fork road veered out of control, shearing off trees and coming to rest on boulders ten feet below the road bed. Car parts were scattered throughout the area indicating a particularly violent collision. 17-year-old Calvin Hancock was sitting in the rear passenger seat and was killed, pronounced dead at the scene. The three others in the car were brought to the hospital to be treated for injuries. The group were on their way to rescue other friends who had vehicle trouble further up the road.

This road in particular is not safe for fast driving, if any are. Calvin’s mother expressed appropriate grief and anger in response to this accident as a comment to a Snoqualmie Valley Record story“The boy who died was our son. I hope all of his classmates learn from this tragic event. Too much speed and lack of driving experience are the sole reason for what happened. Your parents aren’t trying to bother you. Your parents have experience. The next time an officer pulls you over and yells at you for being an idiot, remember that he may have just seen one of these horrible, horrible accidents and another dead teen.” Amen to that.


Site of accident at MP 6.4


Memorial photo and flowers

Related coverage


    Calvin Hancock memorial

  • 2014/02/10 Teen killed in weekend crash near North Bend
  • 2014/02/10 Valley teen killed in SUV accident along Middle Fork Road
  • 2014/02/12 Memorial service is Friday for teen killed in Middle Fork accident

Abandoned antiques

These are the two oldest cars I know of still sitting and rotting in the Middle Fork. Most of the junkers have been hauled out, but these are not very accessible. With help from experts at nwhikers.net I was able to get probable model identification leading to photos of what these cars looked like in their prime. Not that they looked that way when driven into the Middle Fork, because as stated by a valley veteran “Some logger/miner/decrepit somebody just drove an ol’ junker ’til it died, then they just left them. Then maybe somebody shoved the junk out of the way.”

1938 Plymouth 4-Door Touring Sedan

1938 Plymouth 4-Door Touring Sedan

1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Coupe

1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Coupe

1938 Plymouth Touring Sedan grill

1938 Plymouth Touring Sedan grill

1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Coupe

1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Coupe

1938 Plymouth 4-Door Touring Sedan

1938 Plymouth 4-Door Touring. From Wikipedia

1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Coupe

1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Coupe. From myoldpostcards

The left car is below the road near the Big Snow trail head. The right one is just across Granite Creek where the overgrown logging/mining road cuts back and up to the Horseshoe Mine site.

Toyota Misses The Turn

Driving too fast on the Middle Fork road can quickly turn a great day in the mountains into a nightmare. This particular accident didn’t need to happen. The vehicle didn’t make the turn at the most dangerous spot on the road at MP 6.7, skidded off the side and turned at least once before coming to rest right side up in the gully. This incident did not make the news so my assumption is that no-one was seriously hurt or killed. Keep your speed down!


It’s not a good sign when a police car is stopped at this turn


This Toyota rolled at least once after it left the road


This off camber turn combined with loose gravel is treacherous at speed


Eight months later car parts still litter the gully

Torched Mercedes

The Middle Fork has it out for cars and I’m not talking about the potholes. This week added another chapter to the history of cars being dumped, stolen, incapacitated, or torched. All the spur roads were closed long ago, so this Mercedes was burnt to a crisp in the middle of the concrete bridge at MP 5. Authorities were quick to get a truck in to haul off the ashes, but it took winter storms to remove all traces of the high temperature incineration.


USFS enforcement on the scene




Later that day, just a shadow


One month later, a Mercedes nugget