On Wednesday 2/25/09 at about 1:00 PM Hoquiam police responded to the report of an overturned truck at Bay Avenue and 23rd Street. When officers arrived on the scene they saw a 1997 Le Mays garbage truck on his side against the fence on the south side of the roadway.
The driver of the Mack Truck, 51 year old William Karr of Cosmopolis, told officers he was rounding the corner from 23rd Street onto Bay Avenue when he felt the truck “jolt” and it began to slowly tip over. Several witness told officers that the truck was not traveling very fast when it began to roll over. The truck was fully loaded with garbage at the time it rolled over.
As a result of the roll-over hydraulic fluid was spilled onto the street but was cleaned up by employees of the city of Hoquiam water department, DOE and Le Mays.
The driver was not injured during the incident and the extent of damage to the garbage truck is not known. A Roglin’s crane was called to the scene to up-right the truck.
The driver was not cited.