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Port security officer recovering in hospital after semitrailer crash Monday

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on April 23, 2013 at 5:48 pm with No Comments »
April 23, 2013 5:48 pm

A Port of Tacoma security officer was seriously injured just before noon Monday when a semitrailer plowed into a jersey barrier at the main gate, Port spokeswoman Tara Mattina said.

The man, who started working for the Port in 1999, came through surgery well Monday, and his injuries are not life-threatening, she said.

It appears the semitrailer took the corner at Port of Tacoma Road and East 11th Street too sharply and pushed the barrier into the officer’s leg, Mattina said.

The officer was outside the security booth at the gate at the time, conceivably preparing to check the driver’s credentials, according to the Port.

Tacoma police are investigating the crash as an injury accident, Mattina said.

“We’ll certainly monitor whatever comes out of that,” she said

There were three accidents at the Port last month.

It closed twice in March following longshoreman fatalities. A crane maintenance worker died atop a container crane March 12, and a maintenance technician died of cardiac problems March 25. The longshore union and state are among those investigating the deaths.

A longshore worker suffered minor injuries March 27 when he missed a step while lashing down containers.

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