A 69-year old Central Park man died in a car wreck at the Gateway Plaza on Monday. Lieutenant C.J. Chastain with the Aberdeen Police Department said that it was reported at 1:23 pm Monday afternoon, police and fire personnel responded to the reported head-on collision involving a vehicle and a semi-truck, with a severely injured driver trapped in one of the vehicles. The Grays Harbor County Corner’s Office said Tuesday that Carl Andrew Winter was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle collision on East Wishkah in Aberdeen. His next-of-kin have been notified. An autopsy will be conducted tomorrow, 04/17/2019, to determine cause and manner of death.
Chastain said that the collision was in the 1200 block of E. Wishkah St. Arriving responders located a 69-year old Central Park man deceased in the driver’s seat of his severely damaged 1997 Dodge Ram PU truck, blocking the eastbound lanes.
Witnesses advised the Dodge was westbound on E. Wishkah St. coming off the bluff (Hwy 12) into town. He reportedly partially left the roadway to the right before correcting and crossing both westbound lanes, the center turn lane, the left eastbound lane, and then struck the semi which was eastbound in the outside eastbound lane (closest to the railroad tracks). The 2014 Peterbilt tractor, which was pulling a trailer loaded with vehicles, was projected off the road to the right and became stuck on the railroad tracks. Following the initial impact, the Dodge struck an eastbound 2017 Toyota Prius. Neither the Peterbilt driver (a 27-year old Aberdeen man) nor the Prius driver (a 61-year old Aberdeen man) were injured in the collisions.
Preliminary information indicates the possibility the deceased driver was experiencing some kind of a medical event prior to losing control of his vehicle. His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The roadway was closed until around 9 last night, with traffic being directed through the east end of the Gateway Mall parking lot. The investigation was conducted with the assistance of an officer from the Hoquiam Police Department for assistance with the FARO scanner (to map the scene), and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers from the Washington State Patrol.
There was a quantity of oil and fuel spilled on the roadway. Chastain said that the City Street Department disperses sand on the roadway after incidents like this, but drivers are always advised to use extra caution for a while