Troopers with the Washington State Patrol's commercial vehicle enforcement division have fined M&M Transport of Chehalis $216 for losing its load of logs during an accident on the roundabout at the Fourth Avenue Bridge shortly before noon Tuesday.
No one was hurt when a support bunk on the fully-loaded logging truck snapped about 11:40 a.m., dumping the entire load of heavy logs directly into the roadway. The accident caused traffic jams in the area of both roundabouts separating West Olympia from downtown.
Dan Coon of the Washington State Patrol said Wednesday that in addition to M&M Transport's $216 fine for the loss of the load, inspectors also found numerous equipment violations.
The equipment violations on the M&M Transport truck included several cracks in the truck's frame, and brake issues, Coon said. M&M received warnings for the "out of service" equipment, Coon said. M&M must make sure of its out of service equipment on all of its trucks is replaced, Coon said. If M&M does not make replacements to out of service equipment to all of its fleet, it has been warned, and could face more serious enforcement actions if it is found again to be out of compliance, he added.
An Olympia police sergeant added Wednesday that the driver of the truck will be cited for driving too fast for the conditions of the roadway. The citation typically carries a fine of about $100 or more, depending on the truck's speed. The Olympia police sergeant said Wednesday he did not know exactly how fast the M&M driver was going during Tuesday's accident, and he has not seen a copy of the citation.
Officials at M&M Transport declined to comment Wednesday.
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