Washington State Patrol urges drivers to secure loads after bus accident

In the aftermath of the four-vehicle injury accident involving a charter bus carrying the Bellevue High School Wolverine football team last Saturday, the Washington State Patrol has published a Media Release urging motorists to secure their loads.

“The Washington State Patrol takes lost load collisions very seriously and urges motorists to recognize the hazards with failing to secure loads. This instance was fortunate not to have become more severe but it only takes a second to secure your load and do your part to make sure no one else is injured or killed by unsecured loads. Take the time to secure your load and report people who don’t secure theirs.”

The multi-vehicle accident occurred when a charter bus ferrying the Bellevue High football team varsity players to the state semi-final game at the Tacoma Dome lost control after veering to avoid a lost load in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 north of 216th street and overturned. Of the 38 bus passengers, 7 had to be taken to local hospitals for treatment of injuries.

The WSP are now looking for a “red pickup truck with racks in the bed and sides” that lost the ladder in the southbound lines. The troopers said the driver of the truck did not stop when the load was lost. The driver faces criminal charges according to RCW 46.61.655 — Dropping Load, Other Materials — Covering.

In all, there were four vehicles involved in the collision:

1. 2007 Hyundai Accord 2. 1998 Toyota Avalon 3. 1991 MCI Bus 4. 2003 Freightliner Tractor-Trailer
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