Log truck overturns on Port Angeles overpass; driver injured
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Port Angeles Police Cpl. Tom Kuch peers over the edge of the bridge over U.S. Highway 101 from the Tumwater Truck Route — state Highway 117 — after a log truck overturned negotiating the turn.

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

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PORT ANGELES — A log truck driver was transported to Olympic Medical Center this morning with moderate injuries after the truck he was driving overturned while on the overpass leading to the northbound lane of the Tumwater Truck Route.

A 9-1-1 call about a log truck that had rolled and dumped its load at it was turning onto the state Highway 117 overpass from U.S. Highway 101 northbound came in at 10:44 a.m., said Mike Johnson, the Port Angeles police officer investigating the wreck.

Paramedics from the Port Angeles Fire Department and Clallam County Fire District No. 2 responded to find the truck's driver, 60-year-old David Haight, conscious and talking, Johnson said.

Port Angeles paramedics took Haight to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles with suspected neck and leg injuries and lacerations, Johnson said.

Johnson said speed was likely a factor in the rollover, though the wreck is still under investigation.

“[The suspected cause] clearly appears to be speed too fast,” Johnson said.

Neither drugs nor alcohol was suspected to be involved, Johnson said.

Witnesses at the scene estimated that between 3,000 and 3,400 board feet of logs had spilled into a grassy embankment on the east side of the overpass.


Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: March 22. 2013 12:22PM
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