Log truck, box truck collide, snarl traffic through town

A log truck and a box truck collided in downtown Aberdeen early Monday morning, one driver was injured and traffic backed up through the area for several hours.

Lt. Dale Green with the Aberdeen Police Department said officers were called to the scene at 5:29 a.m. Monday. He said a box truck carrying bread was traveling north on the Chehalis River Bridge and failed to stop at the flashing red lights at South G and East Heron streets. The truck struck the front right side of a log truck with a loaded trailer. The impact forced both vehicles onto the sidewalk, according to police. Both came to rest on the planter in front of the Jack in the Box.

The police report said the 64-year-old Grays Harbor County resident driving the log truck was not injured. The driver of the bread truck, a 28-year-old Rochester man, was transported to Harbor Regional Health Community Hospital in Aberdeen for medical evaluation. Possible charges included failing to stop at the light.

Green said that City of Aberdeen crews were just getting their Monday started when the incident was reported, and were able to respond quickly to restrict Eastbound Highway 12 traffic to the right lane. Another log truck was used to remove the logs from the wrecked trailer, which required further traffic interruptions. Traffic was restored to two lanes just before noon Monday.

Damage estimates were not available at press time, but Green said a city light post will need to be replaced.