2 crashes: Truck plows into mobile home; U-turn leads to T-boning on Hwy 510

The OlympianFebruary 15, 2014 

A pair of non-fatal vehicle crashes occurred late Friday night in Thurston County.

A pickup truck crashed into a mobile home around 11:20 p.m. Friday at 45th Avenue Southeast and Ruddell Road Southeast in Lacey.

A male driver had suffered a seizure, which caused his 2000 Ford truck to veer off the road and crash into a home in the Crestwood Park community, according to Sgt. Mike Aalbers.

The truck plowed into a bedroom where four people - including three young children under age 5 - were asleep with their heads positioned near the point of impact, according to resident Tony Tran.

The impact knocked the children and Tran's grandmother across the bedroom. Tran said the truck was still accelerating and emitting smoke while the front end was lodged inside the bedroom. His grandmother, a recent immigrant from Vietnam, was in shock.

"We're blessed no one was significantly injured," said Tran, who had been preparing to leave when the crash occurred. Tran was reminded of a similar incident that took place at a home just across the street nearly two years ago and killed a teenage resident.

The only injury reported was to the driver, who was treated and released. Because of the medical incident, no charges were filed, according to Lacey police.

In another incident around 11 p.m. Friday, Lacey fire and Washington State Patrol responded to a two-car collision on Highway 510 near Reservation Road. One driver made an illegal U-turn and was T-boned by an oncoming vehicle, according to Trooper Guy Gill.

There were no serious injuries, and the two drivers were transported from the scene by paramedics as a precautionary measure, Gill said. No criminal charges were filed, although the one driver was cited for an illegal u-turn. According to the Lacey Fire Department, one of the drivers was extracted from a vehicle with the jaws of life.

Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869 or ahobbs@theolympian.com

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