Dump truck crashes into minivan on Issaquah-Hobart Road

November 26, 2013

By Peter Clark

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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