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Archives: Dec. 2011


UPDATED: Two-car crash on SR 16 causes backup

UPDATED at 3:10 p.m.

Traffic is backed up more than two miles on state Route 16 in Gig Harbor after a man crashed into the back of an SUV this afternoon.

The crash is blocking two lanes of westbound 16 at Olympic Drive.

Troopers report that someone called 911 shortly before 12:50 p.m. and reported that a white car was driving erratically on the highway. About the same time, a Gig Harbor police officer got behind the white car and tried to initiate a stop, trooper Guy Gill said.

The driver didn’t pull over and slammed into the back of

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ALL CLEAR: Overnight crash blocks Meridian in Graham

UPDATED at 12:11 a.m.

Both directions of Meridian in Graham have been reopened after an overnight crash, the state DOT and Washington State Patrol report.

The crash took out a power pole and left power lines on the roadway. Utility crews spent several hours this morning fixing the issue.

According to the Washington State Patrol, a car heading northbound on Meridian left the roadway at 299th Street East and hit a power pole just after 12:45 a.m.

The three teenagers inside the vehicle were injured.

The 18-year-old driver and one of his passengers, a 17-year-old Puyallup boy, were taken to

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ALL CLEAR: Crash blocks lanes of SR 512

UPDATED at 1:52 p.m.:

A three-car crash that was blocking the left lanes of westbound and eastbound state Route 512 has been cleared, the state DOT and Washington State Patrol reports.

The crash was reported just after noon near Golden Given Road.

The State Patrol reports that the cable barrier was hit. There were minor injuries to those involved, the State Patrol reported.




UPDATED: River Road blocked by an overturned semi

UPDATED at 2 p.m.

Drivers are being detoured around an overturned semi truck that is blocking both directions of River Road near 31st Avenue Court East.

The Washington State Patrol reports that a car and semi collided just east of the Tacoma city limits.  There were no serious injuries.

Northbound drivers are being diverted off River Road at Pioneer Way. Southbound drivers are being diverted off at Gratzer.

Troopers are on the scene.


ALL CLEAR: Crash blocks lane of SR 702 in Roy

A car crashed into a pole on state Route 702 in Roy this morning, injuring the driver and blocking the roadway.

Drivers are being diverted around the crash in the westbound lane of SR 702 at Eighth Avenue South. Eastbound drivers are not impacted, the state DOT reports.

UPDATE at 10 a.m.: The crash has been cleared and the westbound lane of SR 702 reopened.



Roads are icy this morning. Just ask one WSP trooper

The roads are slick this morning in the Puget Sound area.

Just ask a 28-year-old Washington State Patrol trooper.

The trooper lost control of his patrol cruiser just before 3 a.m. when it hit a patch of black ice covering Interstate 90 just east of High Point.

The patrol car went off the road and rolled over into the embankment.

The trooper was not injured.