A semi-trailer truck driver was cited for negligent driving after falling asleep at the wheel and wrecking near the bottom of Baila Dip East of Aberdeen early yesterday morning. A power outage affected about 1800 customers, some until Wednesday afternoon, and traffic out of Aberdeen was affected most of the day. The Washington State Patrol said his truck and loaded chip-trailer was Eastbound when the truck went off the road and struck a power pole, guardrail, and then rolled onto its side down an embankment.
The Grays Harbor PUD had crews out around 4 Wednesday morning. With the pole down and lines across the road and near the railroad tracks, about 500 customers were without power for over 12 hours as crews from the state worked to remove the truck and investigate before the PUD could replace the pole.
A 31-year-old Napavine man was not injured, and cited for negligent driving in the second degree. The State Department of Transportation had both Eastbound lanes blocked until Wednesday afternoon, but the additional closure of the Blue Slough road South of Cosmopolis meant that the WSDOT-advised detour route was US Route 101 to State Route 107. Drivers reported bumper to bumper traffic that took hours to get to Montesano. Some quick drivers headed toward Wynoochee and back to Montesano through what many call Thirteen Corners, but even that route was backed up later in the day.