Accidents In Washington
Note:  I have researched and have found over 2,000 accidents involving Utility Trailers as reported by newspapers In this state.  I will feature 50 as finances allow to purchase the articles.

      

Man Killed by Unhitched, Runaway Boat Trailer While Driving in Suquamish


— One man was killed Saturday night after a trailer carrying a fishing boat unhitched from a truck and hit his car along NE Suquamish Way.

The age and residency of the man killed has not been released by deputies, pending notification of next-of-kin, according to Kitsap County Sheriff's Office Spokesman Scott Wilson.

The accident happened just after 6 p.m. Saturday between NE Totten Road and NE Whale Dancer Court in Suquamish. A man driving a utility-sized Ford pickup was driving south on Suquamish Way when the trailer he was towing came unhitched. The trailer was carrying a fishing boat.

The man who was killed was headed north on Suquamish Way and was hit by the trailer when it crossed the center line, striking the front, left side of his sports utility vehicle. The impact of the collision caused the fishing boat to unfasten from the trailer, and continue into the front of the car, according to Wilson. The man was dead when North Kitsap Fire and Rescue medics arrived, Wilson said. The struck vehicle was not carrying any passengers.

The speed limit on that stretch of Suquamish Way is 40 mph. Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate the accident.



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          1.  THE SEATTLE TIMES - November 6, 1990

    PICKUP DRIVER UNABLE TO AVOID FATAL CRASH WITH HAY-RIG'S TRAILER PROBERS CITE HIGHWAY 18'S HIGH DANGER LEVEL   
         Michael Solano saw the jackknifed hay-truck trailer break loose and veer into his lane of traffic on Highway 18 yesterday morning, but there was no place for him to go, said State Patrol Lt. Gary Trunkey Solano, a 35-year-old Issaquah computer programmer was killed about 7 a.m. when his pickup truck collided with the hay rig's trailer in the two-lane stretch near the Cedar River bridge.``The guy in the pickup saw this thing coming,''Trunkey..



          2.  Chronicle, The (Centralia, WA) - June 6, 2005

    Truck loses trailer; man injured in crash   
         An Oregon man was injured after the vehicle he was driving was involved in a collision with a trailer from a tractor that had come loose on Interstate 5 near the Winlock exit early Saturday morning.The driver of the 1999 Chevrolet Silverado, 71-year-old Cruz S. Garcia of Woodburn, Ore., was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with scrapes to his leg and back.He was treated and released.The vehicle sustained $7,000 worth of damage, according to a collision memo from the...


          3.  The News Tribune - July 6, 1997

    AREA IN BRIEF - GIG HARBOR: 1 HURT AS BOAT, TRAILER COME LOOSE ON BRIDGE   
         A 39-year-old man endured minor back injuries when a boat and its trailer came loose and slid into several cars on the Narrows Bridge, bringing already busy traffic to a crawl. John Gilman of Gig Harbor was treated and released from Tacoma General Hospital, nursing officials said. The accident, which occurred shortly before noon, involved five cars. A 25-year-old Puyallup man was towing the trailer east on the bridge when the trailer detached, striking a...


          4.  Columbian, The (Vancouver, WA) - March 10, 1996

    LUMBER SPILLS ON I-5   
         KELSO (AP) A flatbed trailer loaded with lumber pulled loose, spilled its load and caused the tractor to overturn Friday on Interstate 5, leaving one man dead and two injured.The accident about 10 a.m. blocked all three southbound lanes of the freeway until 3 p.m., when two lanes were open, Washington State Patrol troopers said.Eight-inch boards of varying lengths littered the roadway.Troopers said the trailer of the 1980 Freightliner, leased from A.L. Price Inc. of...


          5.  Seattle Post-Intelligencer - August 25, 1987

    2 WOMEN, TEEN-AGER KILLED AS CAR AND TRAILER COLLIDE   
         Two women and a teen-age girl, representing three generations of a family, died in the collision of a car and a log truck trailer in northwest Oregon.The empty trailer broke loose Friday afternoon on U.S. Highway 30, crossed the center line and hit the eastbound car in which the three victims were riding, state police said.Killed were Bertha Marie George, 80, of Vancouver, Wash.; and her daughter, Lois Eileen Maker, 48, and granddaughter, Lisa Marie Maker, 15, both of Wilsonville,...


          6.  Seattle Post-Intelligencer - August 25, 1987

    2 WOMEN, TEEN-AGER KILLED AS CAR AND TRAILER COLLIDE   
         Two women and a teen-age girl, representing three generations of a family, died in the collision of a car and a log truck trailer in northwest Oregon.The empty trailer broke loose Friday afternoon on U.S. Highway 30, crossed the center line and hit the eastbound car in which the three victims were riding, state police said.Killed were Bertha Marie George, 80, of Vancouver, Wash.; and her daughter, Lois Eileen Maker, 48, and granddaughter, Lisa Marie Maker, 15, both of Wilsonville,...



          7.  THE SEATTLE TIMES - November 12, 1997

    BACKHOE BREAKS LOOSE, SMASHES INTO PICKUP   
         SNOQUALMIE A 31-year-old Snoqualmie man escaped serious injury yesterday after a large backhoe broke loose from a truck he was following on Highway 202 and smashed into his pickup, trapping him inside for a short time The 9:30 a.m. accident, about a mile north of Snoqualmie Falls, tied up traffic for several hours. The pickup driver, Kevin Amsler, suffered abrasions on his chest, hand and right leg.The backhoe, on a trailer, was being towed by a dump truck when it slid off...



          8.  Columbian, The (Vancouver, WA) - July 21, 1999

    BUS DRIVER, TEENS THROWN INTO LAKE IN I-90 ACCIDENT   
         EASTON (AP) A bus carrying members of the Yakama Indian Nation home from a Seattle Mariners game collided with a loose flatbed trailer, hurling the driver and two boys into a lake at the edge of Interstate 90.Half of the 34 people on the bus were taken to Seattle-area hospitals after the crash, which occurred near Lake Keechelus shortly before midnight Monday just east of Snoqualmie Pass."I heard a big screech, and I felt the bus swerving. I sat up to look, and come...


          9.  Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, WA) - July 14, 2008

    Code 911 »   
         Highway 3 Traffic Stopped by Flipped Pickup and Trailer SILVERDALE An overturned 18-foot travel trailer that broke from its hitch on Highway 3 near Kitsap Mall closed all southbound lanes Saturday for more than an hour and a half. The incident occurred at 11:24 a.m., and the lanes were not reopened until after 1 p.m., according to the Washington State Patrol.A Bremerton man and woman inside in the truck were not injured.Authorities say an improper hitch caused...


        10.  THE SEATTLE TIMES - July 8, 1997

    RUNAWAY BOAT FLIES OFF BRIDGE; ONE INJURED   
         TACOMA - A runaway 19-foot boat on a trailer plowed into two lanes of traffic, collided with four vehicles and flew over the side of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in a freak accident that, miraculously, injured only one person The 39-year-old Gig Harbor man, whose name was not released, suffered back injuries and cuts. He was released from Tacoma General Hospital hours after the incident Saturday morning."It's kind of strange to see a boat come flying through...



        11.  THE SEATTLE TIMES - January 8, 1988

    NORTHWEST   
         Marshy mishap: Dave Langham's 23-foot Bayliner Victoria, which he had bought Wednesday night, ended up in a peat marsh 40 feet from the road next to Larsen Lake near 148th Avenue Southeast in Bellevue yesterday after the boat and trailer broke loose from his pickup truck Langham was on his way to Kirkland to have the boat serviced and moored when he felt the craft swaying and looked out his truck window to see the boat and trailer passing him on the right. Langham said he had...



        12.    Columbian, The (Vancouver, WA) - March 23, 2002

    ROUGH SAILING IN RUSH HOUR: HOUSEBOAT SINKS I-5 TRAFFIC   
         HAZEL DELL ---- Traffic on Interstate 5 northbound was abruptly choked off at rush hour Friday when a 40-foot houseboat towed by an Oregon man came loose and flopped onto both lanes.Incredibly, Washington State Patrol officers said, no one was injured ---- not even driver Lawrence B. Benton, 64. And not even a fender bender occurred in the next few hours as motorists came to a stop, and troopers worked to control the scene.Officials said Benton, of Coos Bay, was driving a..




        13.  THE SEATTLE TIMES - August 21, 1996

    MAN KILLED IN COLLISION ON HWY. 522   
         MONROE - A 25-year-old Bellevue man was killed last night when his pickup collided head-on with a carnival food trailer that had become unhitched from the back of a large truck on the Snohomish River Bridge on Highway 522 The accident occurred shortly before 11:15 p.m. when the trailer broke loose from the eastbound truck driven by Ronald Quint, 34, of Los Banos, Calif. The trailer crossed the center line and hit the truck driven by John Westra, troopers said.A third vehicle,...


        14.   Chronicle, The (Centralia, WA)

    July 28, 2006
       
    Section: News

    Loose utility trailer runs into sheriff's deputy patrol car

    Article Text:

    A runaway trailer on North Pearl Street in Centralia crossed into the oncoming lanes and struck a deputy's patrol car on Wednesday. Nobody was injured.

    The driver of the pickup truck, 65-year-old David Spencer of Centralia, was cited for allegedly failing to secure his load.

    It happened just after 11 a.m. at the Skookumchuck River bridge near the north end of town.

    The Washington State Patrol reported that Spencer was traveling southbound, and, when he got onto the bridge, the 4-feet-by-4-feet utility trailer he was pulling disconnected.

    It struck a northbound Lewis County sheriff's deputy's patrol car. Deputy Tracy A. Day, 33, wasn't hurt, but the collision left about $3,000 damage on the driver's side of the 2001 Ford Crown Victoria.

    A spokesperson for the WSP said the truck driver didn't tighten the ball on the hitch, and had secured only one of two safety chains.

    Both vehicles were still drivable.



        15.   South Whidbey Record (Coupeville, WA) - March 27, 2010

    Special training will help rescue horses involved in road accidents on Whidbey   
         A horse trailer overturns on Highway 525, blocking traffic for miles.The animal inside appears unhurt, but is extremely agitated —more than a half-ton of agitation.“How do you manage the panic?”said Jerry Lloyd, of Greenbank, a member of the Island County Back Country Horsemen Club. “The key is to read the situation and try to extract the horse without hurting it.“It’s not



        16.  The News Tribune

    July 7, 1997
       
    Edition: News Tribune
    Section: Local/State
    Page: B1

    Topics:
    Index Terms:
    Accident, Narrows Bridge, Traffic, Automobile, Boat/Boating

    'FLYING BOAT' NOW PART OF BRIDGE LORE

    PICKUP, TRAILER, CARS, VAN - AND A BOAT - ALL IN BIZARRE ACCIDENT ON THE NARROWS
    Author: Hector Castro; The News Tribune

    Article Text:

    To the list of highway hazards on local roads, such as black ice and falling rocks, add flying boats.

    One almost hit Dennis Level and his two children Saturday.

    "It's kind of strange to see a boat come flying through the air at you," Level said Sunday from the safety of his Puyallup home. "It reminded me of the movie 'Twister,' when you see the cow going through the air. Here, you saw the boat sailing through the air."

    The 49-year-old man, his 9-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son were in one of the five cars involved in one of the odder accidents in the annals of the Narrows Bridge.

    A trailer carrying a 19-foot boat came loose from the truck towing it Saturday, went wandering off under its own momentum, and smashed into four cars. The collisions eventually dislodged the boat, which then sailed off the side of the bridge onto the beach far below.

    Miraculously, there was just one serious injury, and the patient was released after treatment the same day.

    Trooper Joi Haner pulled up shortly after the 11:40 a.m. accident expecting a few banged-up cars and some injuries.

    But everyone kept telling him about a boat.

    "There were no signs of the boat," Haner said. "After a while, they started pointing over the side, and you look over the side and there was the boat, way down at the bottom. It was completely destroyed."

    The crash happened on the west end of the bridge and involved vehicles traveling in both directions.

    A Chevrolet pickup driven by a 24-year-old Puyallup man was towing the boat, a Reinell, eastward across the bridge when the trailer came loose from its hitch.

    Haner said that afterward, he and other investigators tried to find the ball part of the hitch but never did.

    The trailer, with the boat sitting on it, went steaming into the westbound lanes of the bridge traffic.

    The first car it hit was a Mazda four-door, driven by a 34-year-old Seattle man.

    A Chevrolet four-door, also westbound, tried to avoid the Mazda and the trailer by swerving into the eastbound lanes, but got tagged by the trailer anyway.

    Next in the way was a Chevrolet Blazer, which rolled after colliding with the trailer.

    That's when the boat apparently became dislodged from the trailer, going up and over the Blazer.

    Level, driving in a Ford Explorer behind the Blazer, said he saw debris ahead and cars scattering, heard tires screeching - and then saw the boat.

    "It was really kind of a helpless feeling," Level said. "It was like a missile coming at me."

    But while the trailer hit his car, the boat missed it. Instead, it sailed right over his and one other car before flying off the bridge and landing on the shore hundreds of feet below.

    Nick Miller, owner of Town & Country Towing in Gig Harbor, said his crews had to link together three lengths of cable, each 150 feet long, in order to reach the remains of the boat and pull it up.

    "It took five and a half hours to pull it out," Miller said. "It was quite a little retrieval."

    In more than 30 years of towing, Miller said he could recall only two other times when vehicles have gone off the bridge.

    One accident was fatal, when a tractor trailer went over the side. In the other case, a van went over the railing. Two men inside were hurt but survived.

    Haner said there were plenty of bumps and bruises among the drivers and passengers involved in the accident. The driver of the Blazer, a 39-year-old Gig Harbor man, was the most seriously hurt, suffering cuts and back injuries. He was taken to Tacoma General Hospital, where he was treated and released Saturday.

    The trooper urged motorists towing vehicles to make sure they have appropriate safety chains attached. He credited seat belts and child safety seats with keeping the injuries relatively minor on Saturday.

    "It was like something out of a Hollywood script," Haner said. "We were just lucky that no one was killed."



        17.  THE SEATTLE TIMES - March 11, 1997

    TRAILER TRAPS 520 TRAFFIC   
         A TRAILER LIES ON ITS SIDE ON EASTBOUND STATE HIGHWAY 520 AFTER IT CAME LOOSE FROM THE TRUCK PULLING IT AT 6 A.M. TODAY. THE TIPPED-OVER TRAILER BROUGHT RUSH-HOUR TRAFFIC ON 520 TO A NEAR STANDSTILL FOR MORE THAN TWO HOURS MARK HARRISON / SEATTLE TIMES: A TRAILER LIES ON ITS SIDE ON EASTBOUND STATE HIGHWAY 520 AFTER IT CAME LOOSE FROM THE TRUCK PULLING IT AT 6 A.M. TODAY. THE TIPPED-OVER TRAILER BROUGHT RUSH-HOUR TRAFFIC ON 520 TO A NEAR STANDSTILL FOR MORE THAN TWO HOURS...



        18.  Wenatchee World, The (WA) - September 18, 2009

    Worker seriously hurt when trailer rolls over him   
         WENATCHEE - Alfredo Reyes Jeronimo, 49, of Wenatchee, was seriously injured this morning when a trailer loaded with rocks rolled over him at a Wenatchee-area orchard.Jerry Moore, chief of investigations for the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, said the trailer was being pulled by a tractor when it came loose from the tractor and headed down a hill, running over Jeronimo, who was working at the orchard. The accident happened at the Senesey Orchards, 4278 Stemilt Creek Road,...


        19.  The News Tribune - November 9, 1997

    THE AREA IN BRIEF - TACOMA: TRAILER CAUSES WASHINGTON 512 CRASH   
         A 56-year-old Tacoma man was in stable condition late Saturday after suffering head and neck injuries in a three-vehicle accident caused by a runaway trailer. Thomas E. Barrett was taken to Madigan Army Medical Center shortly after the accident, which occurred about 6 a.m. on Washington 512 at Ninth Street Southwest in Puyallup. The accident happened when a trailer towed by Timothy A. Mitchell, 41, of Orting, came loose and crossed into the eastbound lanes...



        20.  Bellingham Herald, The (WA) - July 10, 2002

    Runaway cargo trailer causes crash on I-5   
         JAY DROWNS HERALD PHOTO WRECKAGE: Bellingham emergency personnel load Steven Strombers of Moses Lake onto a stretcher next to the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 Tuesday afternoon. Strombers was northbound on I-5 when a cargo trailer being pulled southbound on I-5 by an 1985 Ford van driven by Kelly Bradley detached, crossed the median and struck Strombers'1991 GMC Jimmy. The cause of the trailer coming loose was undetermined....


        21.  Chronicle, The (Centralia, WA) - February 7, 2007

    Sirens   
         Accidents • A large trailer came loose from a gravel truck at a busy Centralia intersection on Tuesday morning, but the only casualty was a traffic light pole. A Centralia police officer who happened to witness the accident at Harrison Avenue and Johnson Road cited the driver for an alleged equipment violation. The truck was turning east onto Harrison from Johnson Road, just before 10 a.m., when an equipment failure caused the rear "pup"trailer to...



        22.  Olympian, The (WA) - August 20, 2003

    Deadly day for drivers in Thurston County   
         2 crashes kill 3 people - ages 44, 25 and 9 One son injured, one son dies with dad on I-5 north BY CHRISTIAN HILL AND SCOTT GUTIERREZ THE OLYMPIAN A father and one of his young sons died Tuesday in a chain-reaction collision on Interstate 5 that began when a wheel popped loose from a trailer, the State Patrol reported.Another child in the collision was pulled from the burning wreckage by a good Samaritan, the State Patrol reported.Four...


        23.  THE SEATTLE TIMES - February 19, 1999

    THE SEATTLE TIMES - February 19, 1999

    TRAILER MISHAP CLOSES TACOMA NARROWS SPAN   
         Traffic on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge came to a halt about 9:45 this morning after a 40,000-pound condenser fell off a flatbed trailer, seriously damaging the deck of the bridge, the State Patrol said.No one was hurt and no vehicles were damaged when the condenser fell off the trailer as it was traveling east.It was unclear how it became loose and fell, said State Patrol Lt. Dan Eikum.The driver hauling the trailer stopped and backed up to retrieve the condenser, prompting...


        24.  Seattle Post-Intelligencer - January 9, 2001

    ACCIDENT SAPS POWER TO SAN JUAN ISLANDS   
         A traffic accident in Anacortes downed a power line that left San Juan Islands residents without electricity for several hours yesterday.A trailer broke loose from the truck pulling it, crashing into a power pole near the ferry landing in Anacortes just before 12:30 p.m., said Doug Bechtel, general manager for the Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. The pole carries the primary power line to the islands, he said.As a result of the accident, the cooperative's 11,000...


        25.   THE SEATTLE TIMES

    December 18, 1998
       
    Edition: FINAL
    Section: LOCAL NEWS
    Page: B2

    Column: PUGET SOUND NEWSWATCH

    BELLINGHAM MAN DIES IN 10-CAR CRASH

    Dateline: FERNDALE, WHATCOM COUNTY

    Article Text:

    FERNDALE, Whatcom County - One person was killed in a 10-car accident on Interstate 5 last night, a State Patrol spokesman said.

    Keegan Emanuele, 20, of Bellingham, died at the scene, the spokesman said. Six other people were injured.

    The accident occurred about 10:15 p.m. after a trailer separated from a vehicle, overturned and blocked a lane, the Patrol said. One vehicle hit the trailer and struck two cars stopped nearby, setting off the pileup.

    A propane tank from the trailer came loose and struck Emanuele's car, which went off the road, the Patrol said.


        26.   Columbian, The (Vancouver, WA)

    June 6, 1994
       
    Section: Local
    Page: A5

    ANOTHER SETBACK HITS FAMILY
    Author: WANDA BRIGGS Tri-City Herald$95:PASCO, Wash.

    Article Text:

    (AP) Rosello Romero prays each day he will be the man he once was.

    Short of a miracle, it will never happen.

    The damage to Romero's brain and body was too great on that December morning in 1992 when a runaway 24-foot trailer slammed into the aging van he was driving to work over a slick, snow-covered stretch of Highway 12 between Pasco and Wallula.

    "My body is no good and I cannot trust my head," Romero, 39, said through translator Zonia Ziada from the family's spotlessly clean apartment on Pasco's east side.

    For days after the December accident, he hovered between life and death and remembers nothing from the day before the accident until February.

    His ability to think in sequence has been affected, he has difficulty with even simple tasks, he has little use of his right hand and hasn't yet learned to eat with his left. He has dizzy spells and severe pain. His memory is diminished. Metal pins hold together hips and legs that were shattered in the crash and he faces yet more surgery.

    Nonetheless, Romero is convinced God spared his life for some yet-unknown reason. "My life is God's mercy, His kindness to me. This, I believe. Still, I do not know why this accident happened to me."


    Romero was traveling about 45 mph when a trailer broke loose from a truck in the oncoming lane. Other drivers managed to avoid the trailer, but Romero could not.

    The trailer, pulled by a semi-truck, crossed the center line and slammed into Romero's 25-year-old van, which the eight-member family had moved out of just two weeks before.

    The homeless family had been sleeping through cold December nights inside the van until their story appeared in the Tri-city Herald newspaper. Tri-Citians opened their hearts to give them a Merry Christmas and the Romeros appeared on their way toward better fortune.

    Their temporary good luck unraveled with the accident. Pasco attorney Pat Roach has filed a lawsuit on Romero's behalf against the trucking company and the driver whose trailer hit Romero's van.

    Some kind of settlement likely will be reached, but it could take a long time, Roach said. The trucking company is contesting the extent of Romero's injuries.

    "The doctors have said (Romero's) neurological damage alone will impair his ability to ever work. And, since his orthopedic injuries alone are sufficiently severe he'll never return to manual labor," Roach said.

    Meanwhile, some $250,000 in hospital bills are unpaid because he hadn't been working at the trucking firm long enough to qualify for medical insurance. The family exists on welfare and Social Security.

    "I miss my dad the way he was," said Claudia, 17, a Pasco High School sophomore. "Now, we don't have that much connection."

    She is the eldest of Rosello and Coralia's six children, and with sister Jenny, 16, was forced to assume adult responsibilities long before they left childhood behind.

    Coralia Romero, who speaks no English and does not drive, has held her family together with the same faith that has sustained her.

    "Our life now is very different from what it used to be," she said. "He now acts like another child. Sometimes, I feel so overcome I wish I could run away, I know he has no control over most of what happens, but sometimes, I feel like I am suffocating."

    Caption:
    Rosello Romero of Pasco, Wash., second from right, is surrounded by family members who have nursed him back to health after a freak car accident in 1992.



        27.  May 2, 2006 

    Runaway trailer rolls down road, injuring woman

    Author: Dean A. Radford

    Article Text:

    Journal Reporter

    RENTON -- A woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition Friday after her small pickup truck was struck by a runaway trailer loaded with tons of boulders that had come loose from a dump truck.

    The woman's name and condition weren't released, in part due to federal privacy rules, but officials say she was between 35 and 50 years old.

    Witnesses said the dump-truck-pulling trailer seemed to struggle on its way up steep Stevens Avenue in lower Skyway before they heard the sound of the trailer rolling backward.

    They said it was a miracle the trailer rolled straight down the hill, avoiding homes on either side. Neighbors have worried this might happen since preparatory work began on a 27-home subdivision at the top of the hill.

    One neighbor, who didn't wish to be identified, said he told his wife recently, ``One of these days, one of those things is going to come back down the hill and hit the house.''

    The trailer did hit the white Mazda pickup truck on Langston Road ``with an incredible amount of force,'' said Sgt. Paul Cline, a spokesman for the Renton Police Department.

    The trailer ``swept her up with it,'' before shearing off a telephone pole and eventually coming to rest against a parked vehicle. A headlight and a window from the pickup, along with pieces of the pole and a stop sign, littered the road.

    Jesse Kidd was working at his computer when he heard a loud crash about 11:15 a.m., then, in rapid succession, a second and a third.

    ``The house started shaking,'' he said, and his computer went blank.

    Power to the neighborhood was knocked out. Kidd called 911 on his cell phone and then Puget Sound Energy. Crews responded to restore power and fix the pole.

    Fire crews used the ``Jaws of Life'' to extricate the woman from her truck.

    Cline said the driver of the dump truck was distraught. The name on the truck is Sound Rock Products of Tacoma; the company couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

    The State Patrol's Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Team is investigating, along with Renton police, because a commercial truck was involved in the accident, Cline said.

    The dump truck and trailer loaded with boulders was the only delivery expected on Friday, according to Tim Lindsey, the job superintendent for Lakeridge Construction. Some days, about a half-dozen trucks go up the hill, he said.

    Friday, wood blocks were placed behind the dump truck's tires as it sat near the entrance to the job.

    Dean Radford covers Renton. He can be reached at dean.radford@kingcountyjournal.com or 253-872-6719.


        28.  The News Tribune

    August 21, 2003
       

    Edition: South Sound
    Section: South Sound/Local
    Page: B02

    Topics:
    Index Terms:
    Local/State
    Accident/Incident, Death, Victim, Automobile, Traffic, California, Identity/Identification, Multiple, Child/Children, Tumwater, Truck, Investigation/Probe, Fire

    Troopers identify man, son killed in I-5 collision
    Tumwater: Charges might be filed in crash
    Author: STACEY MULICK; The News Tribune

    Article Text:

    A California father who died in a chain-reaction collision Tuesday in Tumwater has been identified as Blake Holliday, the Washington State Patrol reported.

    Holliday, a San Jose resident, and his son, 9-year-old Wyatt Holliday, died in the four-vehicle crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5. Five others, including Holliday's 7-year-old son, Cody, were injured and taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia for treatment, the State Patrol reported. Holliday was in the area to visit his sons.


    The accident happened after a wheel broke loose from a trailer being towed by a pickup truck and rolled in and out of traffic in the northbound and southbound lanes of I-5 just north of Custer Way.

    The driver of a semitruck and trailer was unable to stop for slowing traffic in front of him and rear-ended Holliday's Honda Accord, killing Blake and Wyatt Holliday. The semitruck then hit a sports car carrying three people, the State Patrol reported.

    The Honda caught fire and a bystander pulled the younger Holliday boy from the car. Troopers eventually put out the flames.

    The pickup truck driver didn't stop when the wheel came off his trailer.

    Olympia police later tracked him down and troopers were examining how the wheel fell off, the State Patrol reported.

    Troopers are investigating potential criminal charges against the semitruck driver, who was illegally driving in the left lane. They also are looking into the actions of the pickup driver.

    The investigations will be forwarded to the Thurston County Prosecutor's Office for a decision on what - if any - charges will be filed.

    - - -

    Stacey Mulick: 253-597-8268

    stacey.mulick@mail.tribnet.com



        29.  Bellingham Herald, The (WA)

    July 11, 2002

       
    Section: Local
    Page: 3A

    Car collision hospitalizes 2
    Author: Staff

    Article Text:

    Two people were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after two cars collided at Mount Baker Highway and Smith Road, the Washington State Patrol reported.

    A car driven by Brenna L. Carr, 29, of Sumas struck the other car, which was eastbound on Mount Baker Highway, the patrol said. Carr was not hurt.

    A 5-year-old girl in Carr's vehicle was taken to St. Joseph Hospital. She was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said. The driver of the other car, Charles R. Kendall, 22, of Gig Harbor was treated at the scene for minor injuries. A passenger, Megan K. Hanell, 21, of Bellingham was taken to St. Joseph. Hanell was treated and released, the hospital spokeswoman said.

    In an update on a previous accident, the 23-year-old Seattle man who was hurt Wednesday when the car he was driving was hit by a trailer that had broken loose on Interstate 5 was treated and released from St. Joseph.

    Steven R. Stromberg was northbound when his car was hit by a two-wheeled trailer that had broken loose from a southbound van driven by Bradley S. Kelly, 31, of Ferndale.

    The detached trailer crossed the median and drifted into the northbound lanes. Kelly was not hurt.



        30.  October 28, 2004
       
    Section: Main/Home Front


    10/28/04 Around the Valley
    Author: Cal Blethen

    Loose Porta-Potties Trailer Causes Crash

    GOLDENDALE - A motorist escaped serious injury Tuesday after he crashed into a runaway flatbed trailer hauling Porta-Potties.

    The crash occurred about 6:15 p.m. when the trailer began "oscillating" as it was being towed north on U.S. Highway 97 near Centerville Road, the Washington State Patrol reported.

    The trailer then broke free from the pickup that was pulling it and crossed the centerline, where it was struck by an oncoming car before coming to rest in a field and losing its load of portable toilets.

    Troopers said the driver of the car, Jimmie W. Selle, 54, of Goldendale, was not seriously injured and was treated at Klickitat Valley Hospital for bumps and bruises.

    Police cited the driver of the pickup, 28-year-old Robert L. Allan of Goldendale, with failing to secure his load.

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