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Big wreck on state Route 512 near Puyallup’s South Hill

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Sep. 28, 2012 at 6:11 pm with 19 Comments »
September 28, 2012 9:56 pm

One of the cars involved in the 512 crash. Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol

UPDATE (9:56 p.m.) All lanes now open.

UPDATE (7:14 p.m.): Eastbound lanes are now open. Westbound still closed. Some injuries.

MORE from Gill: “Tow truck was WB on SR-512, left the roadway to the left, struck cable barrier, and entered the EB lanes. 3 vehicles involved.”

UPDATE: Trooper Guy Gill says the cables aren’t from power lines after all. They’re from the cable barriers in the median. A lengthy closure still expected.

PREVIOUS POST: Wreck on Highway 512 near 94th Avenue East blocking all lanes in both directions. Yikes.

Scanner traffic indicates there are high-capacity power lines down across the roadway and the highway could be closed for several hours.

Leave a comment Comments → 19
  1. There are no power lines on 512.

  2. More cable barriers not doing their job. On the Northend they replaced them with real barriers but not down here.

  3. We were the car directly in front of the pictured car. The tow truck driver driving in the opposite direction seemed to lose control of his vehicle and crossed over the grassy area that divides east and west bound traffic through the cable barriers. He hit the car right behind us head on. There were also 4 other vehicles involved. They had to cut the car to get the poor woman out of the car. She appeared to be non responsive and had a huge gash on her arm and blood was on the air bag. I thought the tow truck driver must have blown a tire, but that didn’t happen. I don’t understand how he ended up hitting the car behind us. I pray that lady will live. It was a terrible thing to witness

  4. Vicki5

    That was my niece who was driving in that car. She is resting comfortably in the hospital in serious but stable condition. The family ask that you all keep her in your prayers.

  5. Regfool2 says:

    dlweeth – Glad to hear your update; niece and ALL of you in prayers.

  6. More news about the accident from the posters than was in the news report!

  7. Wrapper98439 says:

    What towing comnpany was involved?

  8. dlweeth Thank you so much for the update. My husband and I have constantly been thinking about your niece and are so happy to hear she will survive the accident. We are praying for her full recovery!

  9. tonjafecto says:

    we were on the eastbound lanes of 512 when all the emergency vehicles came flying down the road. my prayers are for all involved, i am glad after seing this wreck that every one is ok. thank you for the updates….

  10. kferreira says:

    We love you all…praying for you all…love Krissy, Alivia & Konnor

  11. blackops
    SEP. 29, 2012 AT 8:36 AM
    HOW THE HELL DO YOU CROSS THE MEDIAN THRU THE CABLES TO HIT SOMEONE HEAD ON… GET HIM OFF THE FREAKING ROAD FOREVER! Thank God she will survive my thoughts and prayers to the family.

    A response: The tow truck driver did not just loose control of his vehicle he was trying to avoide hitting a green truck that was sideways in his lane i know this because i was on 512 heading the same direction as the towtruck driver when it occured and i wastched him cross the barrier… and at 60 mph with at least 12,000-15,000 pounds due to having a vehicle on its flatbed.. it would be stupid to think that the cable barrier would stop him in addition when he went into the barrier the truck bounced over i watched it happen…. so please do not blame him i am sure he feels a great deal of remorse and guilt for the accident though he was trying to avoid another vehicle… as for the families niece i am glad to hear she is alive i saw the car when it happend and was able to get a look later on from a different angle it did not look hopeful and i am glad she was not killed in the accident…prayer are sent to all people involved in the accident.

  12. blackops
    SEP. 29, 2012 AT 8:36 AM
    HOW THE HELL DO YOU CROSS THE MEDIAN THRU THE CABLES TO HIT SOMEONE HEAD ON… GET HIM OFF THE FREAKING ROAD FOREVER! Thank God she will survive my thoughts and prayers to the family.

    A response: The tow truck driver did not just loose control of his vehicle he was trying to avoide hitting a green truck that was sideways in his lane i know this because i was on 512 heading the same direction as the towtruck driver when it occured and i wastched him cross the barrier… and at 60 mph with at least 12,000-15,000 pounds due to having a vehicle on its flatbed.. it would be stupid to think that the cable barrier would stop him in addition when he went into the barrier the truck bounced over i watched it happen…. so please do not blame him i am sure he feels a great deal of remorse and guilt for the accident though he was trying to avoid another vehicle… as for the families niece i am glad to hear she is alive i saw the car when it happend and was able to get a look later on from a different angle it did not look hopeful and i am glad she was not killed in the accident…prayer are sent to all people involved in the accident.

  13. side note: the green truck i mention had lost a tire and spun stopping sideways in the towtruck drivers lane… sorry for the double post not sure how the system did that..

  14. blackops says:

    Ceg thank you for answering my question, HE WAS OBVIOUSLY TOO CLOSE TO THE VEHICLE IN FRONT OF HIM.

  15. if he was too close he would have hit the other vehicle and the vehicle in front of him was a green truck that had spun sideways literally perpendicular to the flow of traffic in other words read because you do not obviously understand what sideways means

  16. Can someone please tell me the type of car that was that got smashed to pieces?

  17. My mother was the one driving the little car. It was a Toyota Paseo. She is doing so much better.

  18. From all of the family members who have been effected by this tragedy, we would like to say thank you to the first responders. If it were not for you and all of the trianing that you all have recieved, the outcome we believe would have been much worse. Again, we would like to give you our thanks for the quick response and immediate aid rendered to this women, who is a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a aunt, and so our hearts and prayer go out to all of you guys who respond to these daily calls.

  19. Okay thank you so much! So glad she’s okay and well!

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