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Seriously injured Pierce County sheriff’s deputy cut from patrol car after crash

Emergency responders work to extricate deputy from vehicle

Emergency responders work Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, to extricate a Pierce County sheriff's deputy from a vehicle in Parkland.
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Emergency responders work Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, to extricate a Pierce County sheriff's deputy from a vehicle in Parkland.

A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy was seriously injured in a head-on collision Tuesday in Parkland.

The crash happened about 3:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Tule Lake Road South, just south of Washington High School.

A pickup driving around the corner from Spanaway Loop Road South passed a van and crossed the double yellow lines in an icy area, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

“Not very smart,” Troyer said.

The truck hit the deputy’s patrol car head-on, going up and over the hood of the car and crushing some of its supports, Troyer said.

The pickup driver, who identified himself only as Albert N., said he was going around the van because it cut in front of him and then stopped.

When he saw the deputy’s car, he said, he closed his eyes and braced for the crash.

The driver said he tried to get the deputy’s car door open after the wreck but couldn’t.

“I’m just worried about him,” the driver said.

The driver of the truck will be cited with negligent or reckless driving, Troyer said, and the driver of the van was cited for failure to yield.

It took Central Pierce Fire & Rescue firefighters 30 minutes to extricate the deputy from the patrol car after cutting off its roof.

The deputy was awake and talking to emergency responders before being taken to an area hospital on a backboard with a neck brace.

Troyer said his injuries were severe, but said he was coherent and communicative with hospital staff as he underwent tests.

The 34-year-old deputy has been a patrol deputy since August and works as a school resource officer with the Bethel School District. He started working for the Sheriff’s Department in 2008 as a corrections deputy.

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