Spilled logs drop onto Olympia roundabout near Fourth Avenue

Staff writerDecember 10, 2013 

A support bunk snapped on a logging truck belonging to M&M Transport of Chehalis as it cornered the roundabout going downhill at the Fourth Avenue Bridge at 11:42 a.m Tuesday, losing its entire cargo of logs.

Traffic was blocked from leaving the roundabout and heading down the Fourth Ave Bridge as of 12:50 p.m. Tuesday. However, traffic was being successfully diverted off the roundabout at Fifth Avenue, although traffic quickly backed up headed down the hill.

Traffic was still open to the roundabout from Fourth Avenue going uphill as of 12:50 p.m. Traffic also was completely blocked from entering the roundabout from Fifth Avenue.

The accident had caused traffic backups in both directions, on the roundabouts separating downtown from west Olympia.

The logs had been removed by the roadway by 2 p.m.

The accident is under investigation by the Olympia Police Department, spokeswoman Laura Wohl said. It is too early to say whether any citations will be issued, she added.

Wohl could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon to explain who removed the logs, or how the job was accomplished.

An officer at the scene said no other vehicles besides the M&M Transport truck were involved, and no one was hurt.

The officer on scene noted that the entire load of logs was still chained together, so that logs were not loose or in danger of rolling. The support bunk on the truck bed was snapped to one side, however, which appeared to be the cause of the accident.

The police officer on scene Tueday morning said he had no idea what sort of equipment will have to be brought to the scene to remove the logs. "It's a mess," he said.

Officials had successfully set up detours shortly after the accident.

The driver of the M&M Transport truck appeared to be okay, but declined comment. A woman who answered the phone at M&M Transport also declined to comment Tuesday.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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