Milk Hauler Dozes Off Before Going for a Swim in the River
Yakima County, WA – A truck driver hauling milk fell asleep Sunday morning along US 12 White Pass before plunging into the Tieton River.
According to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), a milk hauler dozed off while behind-the-wheel at approximately 7 a.m.
WSDOT says the driver then lost control of the big rig.
According to investigators, the vehicle then left the roadway plummeting into the Tieton River, a tributary of the Naches River.
The truck driver, who was not identified, reportedly suffered non-life threatening injuries, but refused an ambulance at the scene.
He was driving for Milky Way, a bulk milk hauler in the Pacific Northwest, which is a division of Lynden, WA-based LTI, Inc.
WSDOT says the highway will close on Monday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. from milepost 151 near the White Pass summit to milepost 138 at the Oak Creek Feeding Station near the junction of SR 410.
Officials say crews will be working to remove the big rig from the river during the closure.
(Photos courtesy of WSDOT)
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