The Olympian reported that a truck owned by Costco Wholesale crashed into a guardrail on Jan. 22 at the Nisqually River bridge on Interstate 5 at about 12:20 p.m. Two lanes of I-5 were closed. Northbound traffic was affected until just before 4 p.m.
At that point, the backup from the bridge extended 10 miles through Olympia, and surface streets in Lacey were clogged as drivers sought other routes. An estimated 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from saddle tanks on the sides of the truck. Costco, which owns the truck, is paying to clean up the spill.
The reported cause of the crash was a coughing attack by the truck driver. Given the frequency with which people cough in the winter, I’m surprised a professional driver was not prepared or trained to handle his coughing safely.
My feeling is that shoppers should spend less money at Costco for a while as a way of letting the company know the impact this crash had on loss of time and money for drivers delayed. Training of truck drivers in handling their coughing spells needs greater emphasis by Costco.