Big Rig With Flatbed Trailer Takes Out Building In Pierce County
Graham, WA man and Puyallup, WA
July 12, 2018
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(PUYALLUP, WA.) – The Washington State Patrol says two people were injured Wednesday when a truck towing a flatbed trailer went out of control on a main roadway in Puyallup, struck a utility box and then crashed into a building that housed a small grocery store.
The incident happened just before 11 am Wednesday as a 2007 International tractor with a flatbed trailer was headed eastbound on State Route 162 in Puyallup approaching 96th Street East.
The patrol report says the big rig left the roadway to the right, hit the utility box and then a traffic signal before coming to a stop on its side into the grocery store building.
The state patrol says the roadway was blocked for over six hours for the accident scene investigation and the removal of the big truck.
Injured and airlifted to Harborview Hospital in Seattle was the driver of the truck, identified as 60-year old Gunnar J. Ulliam of Graham, Washington.
Also injured and taken to Tacoma General Hospital was a pedestrian, identified as 66-year old Sun J. Yi of Puyallup, Washington.
The patrol report says the cause of the accident was driver “inattention.”