Semi-truck jackknifes, dumps goods on highway. Driver escapes injury
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This Safeway delivery truck jackknifed on state Highway 19 in Chimacum. (One of two photos.)
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Goods spill from this ruptured Safeway delivery truck after it jackknifed across state Highway 19 in Chimacum.

By Peninsula Daily News staff

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CHIMACUM — A semi carrying grocery items for Safeway burst open after jackknifing on state Highway 19, spilling boxes of food and other goods, closing the highway for almost 10 hours and leaking a small amount of oil into a nearby creek.

The driver, uninjured, escaped from the wrecked cab "and was evaluated by medics before refusing further treatment," East Jefferson Fire and Rescue spokesman Bill Beezley said.

The State Patrol said the driver, Bradley Billingsley, 54, of Seattle, had fallen asleep at the wheel and was cited for negligent driving.

The accident happened about 2 p.m. Monday about 10 miles south of Port Townsend. The state highway, also known as Beaver Valley Road, was closed in both directions at Milepost 6 until almost midnight, authorities said.

The driver said his rig drifted to the right side of the road and into a ditch, "and when he finally pulled it out of the ditch, the trailer began swerving back and forth, and the semi flipped onto its side," Beezley said.

"The cab came to rest upside down in a ditch on the west side of the highway, and the trailer burst open, strewing its contents onto the highway.

"The truck had skidded approximately 100 yards before flipping."

Crews dug dams to block and capture the spilled oil.

State Department of Ecology and Department of Transportation officials arrived to coordinate a more in-depth clean-up of the creek and surrounding area and the removal of the rig, a 2008 International semi-tractor towing a 2010 Wabash Reefer trailer. Both are owned by Safeway Inc., the State Patrol said.

Two large tow trucks from Kitsap County were dispatched to lift and carry off the wreckage, Beezley said.

In addition to East Jefferson Fire and Rescue and the State Patrol, Beezley said Naval Magazine Indian Island, Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue and Jefferson County sheriff's deputies responded.

Last modified: December 04. 2012 7:39AM
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