Police Say Distracted Truck Driver Plowed Into Road Grader

Spangle, WA – Washington State Patrol (WSP) said a semi driver was distracted when his big rig plowed into a road grader Tuesday morning.

WSP said a semi-truck was driving on Highway 195 near Spangle Creek at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday when it slammed into a road grader. The semi was traveling about the speed limit of 60 mph, while the road grader was going 20 mph at the time of the crash, WSP said.

According to WSP, a semi-driver admitted he was distracted in the moments leading up to a collision with a road grader along Highway 195. – Courtesy of WSP

According to investigators, the truck driver admitted to momentarily reaching down to grab something and briefly taking his eyes off of the roadway. That’s when officials said the semi struck the grader.


Authorities said the semi then slammed into the guard rail before coming to rest. The truck driver was uninjured, but the driver of the grader had to be transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

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