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Clallam County Fire District No. 2 Lt. Kevin Thompson pulls a fire hose around the scene of an overturned semi-trailer combination carrying lumber on U.S. Highway 101 at Olympic Hot Springs Road this morning.

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PORT ANGELES — A semi truck driver from Tacoma driving east on U.S. Highway 101 took the curve near Olympic Hot Springs Road too fast this morning, flipping both the semi cab and dual-trailer load of lumber and blocking both eastbound lanes of traffic, the State Patrol said.

Eric Dean Koecke, 35, was transported to Olympic Medical Center with undisclosed injuries Thursday after the semi truck he was driving flipped at about 10 a.m., near where Highway 101 crosses the Elwha River, the State Patrol said.

As of about 2:30 p.m., crews with the state Department of Transportation were still diverting eastbound traffic through a small roadside parking lot, Transportation spokeswoman Claudia Bingham Baker said.

Koecke had been treated and released from Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles by 2:35 p.m., hospital spokeswoman Bobby Beeman said.

Bingham Baker said Transportation crews will likely be on scene for a few more hour while the semi truck’s load of lumber is cleaned up and its two trailers are righted onto their wheels.

“It’ll take some heavy equipment,” Bingham Baker said.

Clallam County Fire District No. 2 medics transported the injured driver to Olympic Medical Center, Fire Chief Sam Phillips said.

The fire district responded with one ambulance, one fire engine, two command vehicles and nine firefighter/EMTs, Phillips added.

Emergency and Transportation crews used absorbent materials to keep significant oil and fluid leak from the truck from reaching the nearby Elwha River, Phillips said.

Last modified: July 18. 2013 3:46PM
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