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UPDATED: State agency investigating last week’s dump truck crash in North Tacoma

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 7, 2012 at 7:18 am with 7 Comments »
May 7, 2012 12:49 pm

Photo courtesy Tacoma Fire Department
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.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. serendipity says:

    The city issues higher violation of code fees for less serious issues. What is wrong with our city? Wait, don’t answer that question.

    As far as trucking companies, as more and more become non-union, drivers are being placed at far more risk to their lives.

    Now, this all wraps back around to WalMart. If we harm our truck drivers, then no products will arrive at WalMart.

    However, the city’s engineers are also constructing the road leading to Walmart in such a way people are likely to get killed trying to cross the road to get to WalMart. Yes, this truly is how my brain works. This all ties back to the city. What is wrong with them?

  2. amyanderson00 says:

    Thank god that truck driver didn’t die or kill someone else. He did an amazing job obliviously he was a very skilled truck driver to be able to deter that truck from hitting and killing someone. My heart goes out to him, being the owner of a construction company I know the risks are unbelievable every time our drivers go out on the road I would be having a serious talk with my mechanic about why the brakes on a nearly brand new truck were faulty…

  3. skippythedog says:

    The citation should have been issued to the driver who, by law, is responsible for a pre-trip and post-trip inspection which must be logged on an inspection sheet. There is nothing about an air brake system that the driver cannot inspect. Truck brake shoes are driver adjustable, including “automatic slack adjusters” which don’t often work. They can, and are, routinely adjusted manually. In the unlikely event of a catastrophic air pressure failure, the springs in the system would have been released instantly and automatically to apply the brakes. The problem here is that the shoes were so far out of adjustment that they couldn’t stop this load on this hill. The driver was no hero. He was a reckless, irresponsible putz and he could have driven 40 tons right through your house.

  4. Wrapper98439 says:

    A hero doesn’t ignore the safety inspection, leading him to have to aim a 25 ton load down a steep hill with little control. Darwin came knocking, but gave him a second chance.

  5. Tralfaz says:

    I have kept silent long enough!!! I personally know this truck driver. He is a GENUINE GOOD GUY! He has a FAMILY! He is good at his job! You peeps that keep spouting on and on and on about his pre trip inspection are a bunch of fools! Yes, fools! You don’t know a dang thing about what this driver did or didn’t do that morning. Safety check or no safety check….THOSE BRAKES FAILED ON A STEEP HILL IN A WORK ZONE WHERE THERE WERE WORKERS WORKING!!!!!!! Brakes…..FAILED! There has not been a determination as to WHY they failed. Sh*t happens! You ding bats that can’t see the big picure are just dam lucky that nothing like this has happened to you….yet!!! Yes, I would prefer that the brakes didn’t fail, but they did! This family could have lost their husband, their father if it hadn’t been for his quick thinking. If he would have bailed out of that truck…..That 70,000 pund plus truck could have wiped out the ENTIRE CREW…..including my loved one! You weren’t on the job, you don’t have first hand accounts of what happened….Stop and THINK BEFORE you type. Remember the guy is human…..he just about sacrificed himself to make sure his co workers were safe….along with the innocent bystanders that were in their yards doing yard work. It could have ended so much worse that it did. Trucks can be replaced. Loved ones cannot.

  6. serendipity says:

    Blaming the truck driver is insane. Why would anyone do this to him? If anyone actually knew the pressure drivers are under to get things to places on time, well, they would not spout off.

    As workers are losing more and more rights, these accidents will keep increasing.

  7. bullman120 says:

    your right he is human, and the accident was due to “human” error!

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