A semi truck that rolled over Tuesday night in Tacoma had its brake lines tied together with a grocery bag, said Washington State Patrol trooper Brooke Bova.
The driver was not injured and was cited for speeding. Investigators determined that the brakes were faulty and “were probably a contributing factor to the accident,” Bova said. The driver also had an improperly secured load, Bova said.
The company, Khalis Transport Inc. of Surrey, British Columbia, will be fined for the infractions and they will be reflected on their safety score, Bova said. The company had two previous crashes in the prior 24 months according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Investigators are considering additional citations.
The truck collided with the barrier, but no other vehicles were involved in the accident on the ramp from eastbound state Route 16 to northbound Interstate 5. The accident blocked both lanes of traffic.
The driver told troopers he knew of the damaged brake line and attempted to fix it using the grocery bag, Bova said.
A second truck rolled over Tuesday night in Thurston County, Bova tweeted. A logging truck rolled Tuesday night on state Route 12 near Moon Road. The wreck blocked all lanes forcing motorists to take alternative routes.
This is Operation Safe Driver Week, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s week dedicated to improving safety among commercial vehicles.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.