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Deputy injured in head-on collision identified, is recovering

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, who had to be extricated from his car after a head-on wreck Tuesday in Parkland, is recovering from multiple broken bones and a concussion, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Deputy David Rose, 34, was injured in the crash about 3:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Tule Lake Road South, just south of Washington High School, when an oncoming truck veered into his lane and hit his patrol car. He remains at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.

“We are hopeful that he will make a full recovery, and are incredibly thankful considering the severity of the collision and the injuries he suffered as a result,” department spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Rose has been a patrol deputy since August and is a school resource officer with the Bethel School District. He began working for the Sheriff’s Department in 2008 as a corrections deputy.

Deputies reviewed surveillance footage from cameras at Washington High School and determined the driver of the truck that hit Rose was speeding when it turned onto Tule Lake Road South, Troyer said.

A van, driven by a 15-year-old boy, pulled out in front of the truck, which drove right to avoid the van, Troyer said. The truck hit an ice bank on the side of the road, went back across the lane, crossed the center line and then hit Rose’s patrol car, landing on the car’s roof.

It took firefighters a half hour to get Rose out of his patrol car.

The driver of the truck and the 15-year-old, whose mother was in the passenger seat of the van, werecited for their roles in the collision.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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