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Lacey, Washington – Truck Collides With Trestle, Causes Closure of Roadway

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Posted on October 18, 2019

Lacey, Washington (October 15, 2019) – A semi truck collided with a train trestle near the intersection of Mullen Road Southeast and  Afflerbaugh Drive Southeast on Tuesday morning. No injuries were reported in the incident, but the crash caused the roadway to be closed for cleanup.

According to preliminary investigation, the driver had attempted to drive through the trestle even though the trailer the truck was towing was too tall to fit. The driver was cited for negligent driving, failure to obey signs and failure to keep an electronic logbook. The railroad was also closed while officials inspected the trestle for damage, but it as been confirmed that the trestle did not sustain any damage in the crash.

About Truck Accidents

The state of Washington’s  2015 Annual Collision Data Summary reported that 6,091 commercial vehicle or heavy trucks were involved in collisions in 2015. These crashes included 38 fatal collisions, 85 serious injury collisions, 1,352 minor injury collisions, 4,565 property damage collisions, and 51 unknown injury collisions. Truck accidents can have many causes, and due to the size and road performance of these vehicles, the involvement of one in an accident can lead to heavy losses. Unlike other vehicles, truck accidents can involve many people other than the driver, such as the owner of the truck, the manufacturer of parts, the company which handles it, and so on and so forth. Truck accidents also have a varied list of causes. Weather and road conditions can play a part in it. There are also of course driver errors, as well as lack of training in operating the truck. Additionally, due to the type of job, both drivers and vehicles can experience fatigue.

Whether operating a truck or seeing one on the road, all drivers must follow regulations to avoid incurring damages and injuries to themselves and people around them. We ask truck drivers to be particularly cautious while driving at night, and to be aware of possible road hazards such as tight turns, rough roads, and fixed objects. While it is  important for all drivers to keep vehicles in good condition, it holds especially true for trucks which carry heavy cargo and make prolonged trips. Doing these steps can ensure the driver’s safety as well as the safety of other people on the road.If you have been the victim of a truck accident, we extend our sympathy and compassion.

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