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Officials identify driver fatally run over by semi truck while making repairs on I-5

Semi driver killed on I-5 in Tacoma

A truck driver was killed Wednesday morning as he tried to make repairs on the side of Interstate 5 in Tacoma when his semi-trailer rolled over him.
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A truck driver was killed Wednesday morning as he tried to make repairs on the side of Interstate 5 in Tacoma when his semi-trailer rolled over him.

A truck driver who died Wednesday after his tractor-trailer rolled over him as he tried to make repairs on the side of Interstate 5 has been identified.

Steven Dwayne Harshman, 64, of Vancouver, Washington, died of multiple traumatic injuries due to an accident, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Harshman had stopped his truck on the right shoulder of northbound I-5 near Pacific Avenue just after 8 a.m.

“Witnesses saw him outside the vehicle and underneath it, doing what they presumed was making repairs,” Trooper Johnna Batiste said.

While Harshman was underneath the semi, it began rolling and crushed him beneath the truck.

A passerby hopped in the tractor-trailer to stop it from rolling into traffic.

Harshman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers are investigating what, if anything, was wrong with the truck.

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Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. She started with The News Tribune in 2010. Before that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.
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