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September 3, 2013 at 1:07 PM
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A driver attempting a good deed wound up with a ticket Tuesday morning following an accident involving several vehicles.
The pileup happened just after 6 a.m. on the Glenn Highway northeast of Anchorage, said Anchorage police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro.
The driver, James Paul Crocker, said he saw sparks coming from under a truck in front of him. He passed the truck, parked in the left passing lane and tried to flag down the truck driver.
However, police say a third vehicle hit the truck, which then hit Crocker’s parked car.
And if that wasn’t enough, a man on a motorcycle had to ditch his bike to avoid the accident.
Castro says Crocker was cited for reckless driving and having no insurance.
June 10, 2013 at 2:53 PM
Seattle police have been unable to track down the driver who apparently fled after hitting a 54-year-old jogger in West Seattle Saturday morning, and are still seeking the public’s assistance in the case.
A spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center today said the injured woman is in serious condition in an intensive-care unit.
She was found unconscious about 7 a.m. Saturday on the side of the road in the 2300 block of Fairmount Avenue Southwest.
Anyone with information about this incident, or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the driver, or even remembers seeing any vehicle in that area between 6 and 7 a.m. Saturday, is asked to call Seattle Police Detective Korner at 206-684-8927.
January 9, 2013 at 7:08 PM
Black ice contributed more to an Oregon bus crash that killed nine and injured 39 last week than the health of the bus’ driver, a lawyer for the Canadian tour company that operated the bus said Wednesday.
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday ordered that Mi Joo Tour & Travel, based in Coquitlam, B.C., immediately halt operations in the United States because of several safety concerns including the number of hours the driver had been on duty when the bus skidded off Interstate 84 on Dec. 30.
The USDOT investigation found that driver Haeng Kyu Hwang had been on duty for 92 hours the week of the crash. The federal limit is 70 hours of on-duty work per seven days.
Mark P. Scheer, a lawyer representing the company, said Hwang had about 7.5 hours of sleep the night before the accident, about the same amount of sleep he’d had on other nights during the Western U.S. tour. He had been on the road only about 2.5 hours before the accident happened, he said.
“It is believed that black ice was a significant factor in the cause of the accident,” Scheer said at a short Wednesday news conference. “It appears that the area in question, unfortunately, has a history of traffic incidents, and there were other accidents in that area involving black ice on Dec. 30.”
Scheer did not comment on whether the tour itinerary allowed for Hwang to be on duty for 70 hours or less. According to Scheer, Hwang was a properly licensed driver who had previously worked as a school-bus driver with no history of bus-passenger accidents.
Though the USDOT’s cease-service order said the company gave Hwang no post-accident drug or alcohol test, Scheer said there is no evidence to suggest drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.
Many of the nine people who died in the crash had Puget Sound-area connections.
Those victims include Richard Sohn, 19, of Bellevue; Yong Ho Lee, 75, of Lynnwood; Chun Ho Bahn, 63, of Bothell; and Dale William Osborn, 57, of Spanaway. One couple — Oun Hong Jung, 67, and his wife Joong Wha Kim, 63 — had stayed with friends in Bothell before the trip.
Also killed were an 11-year-old girl, Youmin Kim, of South Korea; Ae Ja Kim, 61, of South Korea; and Seokmin Moon, 55, of Maple Ridge, B.C.
February 26, 2012 at 11:47 AM
The News Tribune / Tacoma
A 27-year-old Burlington man was arrested early this morning for driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 in Thurston County, according to the Washington State Patrol.
At least eight people dialed 911 about 3:45 a.m. today to report a 1996 Honda Civic that was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes. Troopers believe the man got off the freeway at Trosper Road and then got back on the freeway heading in the same direction.
The driver eventually pulled over on the inside shoulder and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
Neither he nor his passenger were injured.
“He showed a high level of impairment and told troopers he thought he was still in Seattle,” trooper Guy Gill said.
Gill said the incident had nothing to do with confusing roadway design or poor signage.
“It has everything to do with a driver making the choice to drive at an extreme level of impairment,” he said.
October 21, 2011 at 7:37 AM
There is not points to locate on the mapA bicyclist was hospitalized last night after being struck by a car on Aurora Avenue North.
The cyclist was heading south in the right lane when he apparently “suddenly turned” in front of a Hyundai sedan that was traveling in the middle lane, said Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson. The crash occurred in the 8900 block of Aurora Avenue North.
The bicyclist was transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious head injuries, Jamieson said. the The Hyundai driver was not hurt.
October 10, 2011 at 9:10 AM
One driver was killed and two other people injured in a head-on collision in Gig Harbor.
The Washington State Patrol says 51-year-old Candice Baima of Gig Harbor was killed in the Sunday night crash on Highway 302, and a 14-year-old girl in her car was injured.
The 63-year-old Vaughn man driving the other vehicle also was injured. Troopers are investigating him for a possible vehicular homicide charge.
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