Man Injured After Hitting Construction Truck in Work Zone

Photo: WSP

Mount Vernon, Washington- The Washington State Patrol responded to a two vehicle crash on I-5 near Starbird Road around 8:45 pm on June 22nd, 2016.

According to a press memo from the Washington State Patrol, Stewart Yates, 54, of Oak Harbor was Northbound on Interstate 5 near Starbird Road in a bronze 2016 Toyota Tacoma when he struck the back of a yellow 2006 International attenuator construction truck.  The construction  truck was driven by 40 year old Justin Austin of Marysville.  Attenuator trucks are used by construction crews to protect the construction workers from being hit by vehicles in their construction zones. 

According to Trooper Leary, the construction truck was moving slowly in a construction zone with his emergency lights activated  getting ready to stop traffic for the construction project when his vehicle was struck. The driver of the construction truck was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital for minor injuries. The driver of the Toyota was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries. His condition is unknown.

Both Vehicles were impounded by Dicks Towing in Stanwood.

The press memo states the crash is under investigation.



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