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
AMANDA PARK, Wash. - A sudden U-Turn in front of a semi truck sent it's trailer into 5 parked vehicles, then a vehicle into a building Thursday morning North of Amanda Park. The Washington State Patrol reports an 83 year old Neilton man sustained only minor injuries after he apparently pulled to the right shoulder on an inside corner of Southbound State Route 101 and began a U-Turn. The block truck behind him tried to take evasive action but clipped his Chevy S10 pickup, then it's pup trailer slid sideways into a row of five parked vehicles along the outside corner.
It happened just before noon Thursday, the impact from the chain reaction sent the last truck into a home nearby. In all five trucks, an SUV, the home, and the semi were damaged, the home was unoccupied at the time.
SATSOP, Wash. - It was a tragic scene. A laborer at the end of his first day on the job was putting some pipes into a valve when something went terribly wrong. Now he was dead.
Thankfully, the elaborate scenario conducted at Satsop Development Park – complete with crane, backhoe, valves, pipes, trenches, a mannequin and even fake blood – was all in the name of training for accident investigators with Occupational Safety and Health, a division of the State Department of Labor and Industries.
“Those taking the training took pictures, made measurements and conducted interviews of several people acting as bystanders, the crane operator and others,” explained Mario Haynes, senior training development specialist from the Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
“This scenario really came out like the real thing, which is so valuable for training,” Haynes said. With 73 job-related deaths in Washington in 2009, he said the department is always seeking ways to keep those numbers down.
ABERDEEN, Wash. - A Semi and a Grays Harbor Transit collided this morning at the intersection of Heron and H street, On-Scene officers tell us it appears the semi truck driver could not stop for the flashing red light in time and was in the intersection when the Grays Harbor transit, travelling Eastbound on Heron street, collided with the front of the semi. The transit bus then veered into the parking area by the Olympic Candy Factory building, colliding with the building, doing significant damage to both the bus and the building.
The Aberdeen Fire Department tells KBKW that two passengers were on the bus at the time, one passenger and the driver of the bus were transported to Community Hospital with minor injuries, the bus driver may have a broken arm, the second passenger, and driver of the semi were both determined OK at the scene, the driver was cited for failure to stop at the stoplight.
Traffic resumes on H and Heron in downtown Aberdeen this morning, the semi truck has been towed to the nearby empty lot, the Transit bus remains at the scene.
The semi is totalled, the bus sustained $50,000 in damages and may be totalled, the building sustained $20,000 in damages.
LONG BEACH, Wash. (AP) - The Washington State Patrol says a suspect has been jailed in the shooting of a trooper at Long Beach.
The patrol said Monday that 45-year-old Martin A. Jones of Seaview was arrested overnight in Long Beach. He was booked into the Pacific County Jail in South Bend for investigation of assault
and attempted murder.
The patrol says investigators continue looking for evidence and asking the public for tips about Jones.
Trooper Scott Johnson was shot in the back of the head early Saturday as he was processing a car to be towed.
Trooper Krista Hedstrom said Johnson is being released Monday from a Portland hospital. He still has bullet fragments in his head, and doctors are deciding whether they can be removed.