One Puget Sound Highway Tragedy Narrowly Averted
Another one was not
January 06, 2018
The truck that lost the wheel. Larger images below
CLICK TO ENLARGE. Larger images of above. Photos: Wash. State Patrol
(EVERETT, WA.) -- It's always a good idea to check the tightness of the lug nuts now and then on the wheels of your car, truck or van -- or anything else in that area of the chassis that might result in a wheel flying off unexpectedly at highway speeds.
That is what happened Friday afternoon in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 just south of Everett and the results could have been disastrous.
The state patrol says the rear driver's side wheel of the big rig you see in the photos above came flying off the truck for reasons unknown Friday during the busy noon hour on the freeway.
The result could have been just awful had the truck swerved out of control, as is often what happens when a wheel flies off at high speed, and the rig then rolled into and/or on top of other vehicles on the freeway.
In this instance, lady luck was riding in that big truck. Not only did the rig not go out of control and flip when the tire went flying, it remained right side up and the driver was able to bring it to a proper stop at the side of the freeway with no injuries, no deaths.
Unfortunately, some other people on a highway at the south end of Puget Sound Friday were not nearly so fortunate.
Federal Way crash kills one, injures two children and one adult
Just before 2:00 pm Friday there was a deadly 2-car crash on Pacific Highway South in Federal Way near Dash Point Way.
At 2:32 pm Federal Way police announced a, "Road closure PAC HWY / S 300-304th Fatality Collision. Speed/Racing is susp cause - closure will be approx 3 hrs."
At 6:33 pm police said the closure at northbound Pacific Highway at South 300th was still in effect as the investigaiton into the crash continued.
One man, who was driving a white sedan died and his two children - reported to be a 2-year-old boy and an 8-month-old baby girl - were badly injured and rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.
A police social media statement just before 6:30 pm said, "Their mother had less severe injuries. Speed and Reckless driving are suspected to be the cause" (of the accident).
The man who died driving that sedan was reportedly driving fast and in a reckless manner, according to police when he lost control of the vehicle and veered into the northbound lanes where his car was then t-boned by a red truck.
The truck driver was not seriously injured.