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December 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Semi crashes into Duwamish; passer-by rescues driver through sunroof

A semi loaded with fish crashed into the Duwamish River South of Seattle on Wednesday. The accident happened about 4 p.m. (Jim Bates / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

 

A semi tractor-trailer loaded with processed frozen fish crashed into the Duwamish River Wednesday afternoon, according to police and state ecology officials.

State Patrol Trooper Julie Startup said the truck apparently drifted off the roadway and tore out a long section of guardrail before plunging into the frigid waters at the intersection of Routes 99 and 509 in King County. Startup said the driver, whom she did not identify, was helped from the rapidly sinking semi by a passer-by who jumped into the water and helped him out through a sunroof in the truck’s cab as the truck drifted in the current.

The identity of the passer-by was not immediately available.

Startup said all northbound traffic was stopped and that two giant cranes and a tractor were dispatched to help pull the sunken truck out of the river.

King County sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West said a county marine unit was on the scene as was Tukwila Fire Department. .

The Tukwila Fire Department and the State Patrol were also dispatched. The accident investigation will be conducted by the State Patrol, West said.

Curt Hart with the Department of Ecology said the trucking company, which was not identified, has hired a company to clean up the scene and remove the truck from the river.

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