The state Department of Labor & Industries has launched an investigation after a dump truck speed down a steep North End Tacoma street last week and crashed into a tree.
An inspection by City of Tacoma road compliance officers found the brakes on the Puget Paving truck were defective. The truck, which was loaded with 25 tons of asphalt, was delivering the material Wednesday morning to a North 36th Street repaving project when the brakes failed.
Witnesses applauded the efforts of the driver to avoid hitting bystanders as the truck sped down North 36th Street. The driver suffered a broken nose.
The city issued Puget Paving a $124 citation for the defective brakes on the 2006 model truck.
The state Department of Labor & Industries launched a workplace inspection Friday, a spokeswoman reported. That investigation will look into the company’s accident prevention program as well as the work site where the crash happened.