Man survives 100-foot fall down Geiger Grade |

Man survives 100-foot fall down Geiger Grade

Nevada Appeal Staff and Wire Reports

The Nevada Highway Patrol said a Carson City man was lucky to be alive after crashing his pickup truck down a mountain.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen said Donald Hill, 44, was southbound on State Route 341 toward Virginia City and pulling a small trailer Tuesday just after 10 a.m. when his Ford Ranger pickup veered off the highway and down a steep embankment north of the summit.

Investigators said the truck rolled about 100 feet before coming to rest on its wheels in a stand of pine trees.

Allen said the trees prevented the truck from rolling farther down the mountain.

“Mr. Hill is very lucky not to have sustained more serious injuries based upon the dynamics of the crash,” said Allen.

Hill was able to climb out of the truck and crawled to the highway.

He was taken by ambulance to a Reno hospital with only minor injuries.

The south bound lane was closed for about 90 minutes.