A dump truck crash on North River Road early Monday morning shut down the road briefly as the company righted the truck.
The crash occurred just after 7 a.m, said Lt. Rich Ramirez of the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office.
The truck, belonging to Morrison DirtworX, was headed eastbound on North River Road about four miles from U.S. Highway 101, Ramirez said in an interview at the scene.
The driver, the truck’s sole occupant, lost control, striking the embankment on the right side of the road. The truck, which Ramirez said was mostly empty at the time, came to rest on its side, while the trailer blocked both lanes.
The cause of the crash is unknown at this point, Ramirez said. Drugs or alcohol are not suspected to be a factor, Ramirez said.
“The roadways were a little wet,” Ramirez said. “But at this point undetermined.”
A crew from Morrison was able to right the truck and remove it from the roadway with an excavator. There was damage to a guardrail on the far side of the road. The sheriff’s office is still investigating and determining if there will be any citations issued, Ramirez said.
“County roads showed up on scene,” Ramirez said. “They’re going to dismantle it and make repairs.”
The truck and trailer were cleared from the road around 9 a.m. with limited traffic moving through the area. Ramirez said he was unsure of the cost of repairing the guard rail.
As the dark times return, the deluge will be soon upon us once more. As we have driven the dry roads of Washington in the bright sunlight of blessed summer freely with a glad tune in our hearts, Ramirez reminds drivers to be careful as the rains come again.
“With the rainy season coming the roads are going to be slicker than normal,” Ramirez said. “Use caution when navigating corners.”