HOQUIAM, Wash. – A Hoquiam truck driver died yesterday after his fully loaded truck and trailer drove off of a Forest Service road in the Capitol Forest near Summit Lake. Washington State Patrol troopers report 37-year old Michael Webber drove off the road and struck a stump, which caused the truck to flip. The driver, who was the only person in the truck, died at the scene. Trooper Guy Gill says no other vehicles were involved and the cause of the crash is still being investigated.
ABERDEEN, Wash. – A Log truck involved in an accident earlier this week burned to the ground last night
The Aberdeen Fire Department tells KBKW the Peterbuilt semi was parked alongside Kenworth Northwest for repairs, when it appears a short in the battery compartment sparked the fire. The cab of the truck was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived, the blaze was quickly extinguished, but the truck was a total loss.
This truck was involved in a two car collision Wednesday morning when a vehicle ran a flashing red light and sideswiped the truck.
HUMPTULIPS, Wash. – All lanes are open. Earlier, a log truck lost its load and blocked both directions of US 101 at the Humptulips River.
HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Driver of the Toyota 4-runner involved in yesterday morning’s accident remains in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center.
eye witnesses report around 7:30 yesterday morning a 1999 Toyota 4-runner heading Westbound on State Route 109 suddenly jerked into oncoming traffic and was unsuccessful attempting to get back into it’s own lane before it was sideswiped by a fully loaded log truck. According to witnesses both vehicles appeared to be traveling at about 50 miles per hour. Hoquiam’s Deputy Chief of Police Jim Maloney reports the impact tore both driver’s side tires off of the 4-runner, and nearly tore off the driver’s side door. The 4-runner was spun around 360 degrees ejecting the driver who apparently was not wearing her seatbelt. The 48 year old Aberdeen woman was found partially under the diver’s side of her vehicle, unconscious and unresponsive while being treated at the scene. She was transported to Community Hospital with severe head trauma and other injuries, later transferred to Harborview. The driver of the Log Truck, a 42 year old Hoquiam man was treated at the scene for possible neck and back injuries and transported to Community Hospital as well.
Traffic was rerouted around the collision scene for over three hours yesterday while officers investigated.
The trucking industry says the analysis doesn’t accurately reflect current vehicle safety because much of it is more than 20 years old, and many companies faulted are no longer in business.
Fulton represented two volcano experts who were killed on Highway 101 when a speeding log truck failed to negotiate a turn and spilled its load of logs onto the experts’ car. Fulton said the truck was overloaded by more than 7,000 pounds at the time of the accident.
"It’s an increasing problem with the fuel prices, because the margin for a trucker to make a profit has been cut so far. They’re cutting corners every way they can, and one of those ways to do that, obviously, is to try to carry more weight and make fewer trips, because you’re using less fuel that way."
Washington State increased penalties for drivers who operate overweight in response to the accident, but Fulton says truckers often know when weigh stations are open, and he believes too many still take risks.
The "Warning! Safety Violations Ahead" report is on the Web at www.justice.org
The logs spilled onto the shoulder of the roadway near the used car lot located at the south west corner of the intersection. The driver of the truck told officers that he heard a loud pop and looked into his rearview mirror and saw the trailer begin to roll over.
As the trailer rolled over and the logs spilled the trailer and logs struck a 1994 Toyota pick-up that was parked on the street on the west side of Simpson Avenue. The force and the angle at which the pick-up was struck pushed it forward and up onto the sidewalk and it came to rest against the building at 510 Simpson Avenue. Two of the logs landed on a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu that was parked in the used car parking lot.
The amount of damage to the trailer, the building and the other vehicle involved is not known.
There were no injuries and the driver of the log truck was not cited.