Truck driver not hurt in Highway 104 collision

Posted 1/19/23

A pickup truck driver escaped injury after his Ford Ranger was speared by a guardrail after he slid off Highway 104 while trying to pass a semi-trailer truck Thursday morning.

The crash shut down …

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Truck driver not hurt in Highway 104 collision

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A pickup truck driver escaped injury after his Ford Ranger was speared by a guardrail after he slid off Highway 104 while trying to pass a semi-trailer truck Thursday morning.

The crash shut down a portion of Highway 104 east of US Highway 101.

A 63-year-old man in a 2009 Ford Ranger was heading west on Highway 104 and tried to pass the semi on a steep downhill stretch of the highway near Milepost 1, Washington State Patrol Trooper Katherine Weatherwax said in an email Thursday.

The Ford slid on ice as it attempted to pass the semi, and the pickup hit the rear left tire of the semi-trailer truck and spun into the oncoming lanes of traffic.

Weatherwax said the Ford was impaled by the guardrail on the eastbound side of the highway and went 20 feet into the ditch.

The driver was trapped in the truck and was rescued by emergency responders.

The man was not hurt.

Weatherwax said he was cited for unsafe passing.

The air temperature at the time of the crash was 34 degrees, and Weatherwax said the surface of the road was colder and likely icy.

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