Dump truck sideswipes minivan on Issaquah-Hobart Road

November 19, 2013

By Peter Clark

NEW — 11:33 a.m. Nov. 19, 2013

Two drivers received nonlife-threatening injuries as a large dump truck collided into the side of a minivan Nov. 19 on Issaquah-Hobart Road.

Savannah Laseter, the 23-year-old driver of the commercial dump truck, reportedly experienced brake failure on state Route 18, so took the Issaquah-Hobart Road exit. There, Laseter hit 46-year-old Martin Palmas-Ortega’s Dodge Caravan. Both vehicles went through a guardrail, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Webb.

“It appears to be mechanical,” Webb said. “Amazingly, there were no life-threatening injuries.”

Laseter was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was outside the vehicle when police responded. Webb said an investigation was ongoing to determine whether she was thrown from the truck’s cab or had gotten out after the crash.

Both Palmas-Ortega, of Pacific, and Laseter, of Wasilla, Alaska, were taken to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue.

The collision was the second in as many weeks involving a commercial dump truck in that area. Webb said it was a heavy thoroughfare for the large vehicles and the Washington State Patrol maintains high standards for monitoring the traffic.

“We have a really good, award-winning, commercial vehicle enforcement team,” Webb said. “In the past, they’ve increased patrols. I’m not sure there’s a whole lot more we can do.”


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One Response to “Dump truck sideswipes minivan on Issaquah-Hobart Road”

  1. Jarod on November 19th, 2013 6:00 pm

    I saw the whole accident in front of me and was first on the scene and called 911. The dump truck was having brake issues and was blowing the horn the whole way off the off ramp. The minivan T boned the dump truck and flipped the dump truck on its side. They both ended up going through the barricade and in the ditch. The man in the minivan was unconscious on the steering wheel. The dump truck driver ended up being ejected from the truck (no way was she wearing a seat belt). She was pinned underneath the the front bumper of the minivan and the ground. Around 6 men tried to get lift up on the bumper to get the conscious female driver out. She said she could move if we lifted the bumper. We couldn’t. The fire department ended up lifting the van will cribbing and lifts to relieve her.

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