Quinault Elders in Aberdeen traffic accident Tuesday

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — A tribal spokesman says eight Quinault Indian Nation tribal elders and staff members have been injured in a traffic crash in Aberdeen.

Spokesman Steve Robinson says the Quinault group was headed to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Tuesday morning when their van collided with a pickup truck. Robinson says two elders were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, one with a broken pelvis and the other with a broken pelvis and broken ribs. Other injuries in the crash included broken bones, bumps and bruises.

None of the injuries was considered critical.

The crash caused the van to flip over. Robinson says the two people in the pickup were not seriously hurt.

“The truck just came out of nowhere,” one of the victims said. The accident put an abrupt end to the elders’ plans to attend a conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Upon hearing of the accident, tribal staff rushed to provide support.
“This was a terrible accident,” said Tribal Councilman Larry Ralston. “The Tribe and the families will take every precaution with our elders and provide all the support we can to help nurse them back to health. I just wish people would slow down and be more cautious,” he said. Preliminary indications are that the pickup truck ran a red light when it crashed into the tribal van. The accident is being investigated by local authorities.
Among other things, the Tribe is setting up grief counseling, as a precaution, for the seniors and their families.
“Our hearts go out to the victims of this terrible accident,” said Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Nation. “We do all we can to keep our seniors safe. They are very precious to us. We extend our gratitude to the local police, Harborview, and Grays Harbor Community Hospital and all other emergency services personnel who rendered aid in this morning’s emergency.”
The names of the victims were withheld until consent to publish them is provided.

Death at Bishop Athletic Complex in Aberdeen ruled suicide

The Aberdeen Police Department, working with the Grays Harbor Coroners Office, has completed the investigation into the death of Steven Hyde. Police Captain John Green tells us the manner of death was ruled as suicide, he told KBKW from the scene on Tuesday “Aberdeen police received a call this afternoon, pedestrians at the Bishop Complex saw a man down next to the concession stand, police discovered a male subject deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.

APD Investigates Body

Hyde graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1981, and was a coach with the Grays Harbor College Softball program since early 2000. According to the college, he played a big role in getting them to the NWAACC Championship tournament in 2007.

Body found at the Bishop Athletic Complex in Aberdeen

Aberdeen Police are investigating a death on the Westport highway. Police Captain John Green said at the Bishop Athletic Complex Tuesday “Aberdeen police received a call this afternoon, pedestrians at the Bishop Complex saw a man down next to the concession stand, police discovered a male subject deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.
The sports complex on the Westport highway was closed at the time, a single pickup truck was found parked at the locked gate. Police have identified the body, and are working with the Grays Harbor County Coroner’s office to notify next of kin. Green said the investigation continues.
APD Investigates Body

Road work expected to delay US 12 traffic into Aberdeen on Tuesday

ABERDEEN – Motorists should expect delays on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as Washington State Department of Transportation crews replace a damaged attenuator on US 12 in Aberdeen.

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Crews will close the left lane on both eastbound and westbound US 12 near Copland Road while the repair work is under way.

Traffic attenuators are accordion-type roadway structures that are designed to collapse when struck. This action absorbs energy and slows the vehicles in an attempt to reduce damage to the vehicle, motorists and other nearby roadway structures.