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Archive for the 'Incidents' Category


Truck Hits I-90 Bridge at SR 18

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2011/05/03_I90SR18GirdersDamaged.htm A tow truck removing vehicles from an earlier incident on SR 18 hit the I-90 bridge. Inspections are underway. I knew that overpass was low but still… Photos:¬†http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/sets/72157626641996750/with/5685578278/ Ben

Work Zone Safety Awareness Week

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/safety/brake/ It’s Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. Go Orange! Ben

Move Over or Slow Down

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/04/01/1608001/move-over-slow-down-or-face-states.html The state’s new Emergency Zone law takes full effect today. If you do not slow down or move over when there is an incident on the shoulder, you would be subject to a $248 fine. Given how many times emergency and DOT workers have been hit, this is a great […]

Pierce Transit Recovering From Fire

From the News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/03/14/1583512/pierce-transit-augmenting-bus.html After the fire at their natural gas fueling facility, Pierce Transit has had to limit service. They are now running more early morning trips to get people to work on time. Hopefully they can fix the fueling station soon. Ben  

WSDOT and Contractors Working Together on Incidents

From the WSDOT Blog: http://wsdotblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/all-hands-on-deckwhen-semi-overturns-on.html A semi truck turned over at the Interstate 5 / SR 18 interchange, spilling a load of scrap metal. This is right where the SR 18 interchange project is being constructed. Construction crews, with WSDOT and the state patrol, worked to remove the mess, getting the road open within a […]

Pierce Transit Disruptions Continue

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/03/02/1566030/disruptions-in-pierce-transit.html Runs may be limited or delayed due to the Natural Gas explosion on Monday. Interestingly enough while I thought the buses could refuel at Puget Sound Energy, it seems that they have to go to Sea-Tac Airport or Georgetown in South Seattle to refuel. This seems like a major problem. […]

Fast Response to Derailment Helped Significantly

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/03/02/1566011/quick-response-to-train-derailment.html A quick response by Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) crews helped to get the tracks reopened within a day. Which was good since this is a major North-South freight and passenger line. Ben

No Injuries in Pierce Transit Natural Gas Explosion

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/02/28/1564321/no-injuries-in-blast-at-pierce.html No injuries from the natural gas explosion at the Pierce Transit headquarters Monday evening. However, buses may be delayed due to the refueling station being shut down. I seem to remember however that Washington Energy Services (former Washington Natural Gas) in Tacoma had a CNG filling station. I wonder if […]

Answers About Saturday’s Train Derailment

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/03/01/1564546/answers-to-readers-questions-about.html Some more details about Saturday’s derailment. Ben

Amtrak Running Again South of Tacoma

From The News Tribune: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/crime/2011/02/28/amtrak-running-again-through-tacoma/ The first Amtrak trains running South of Tacoma since the Saturday night derailment was Sunday evening. The full schedule should have returned as of today. With the popularity of the Amtrak Cascades it is good to hear that this line has been reopened. Ben