Acting Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: October 16, 2012
Contact: Trooper Julie Judson
Phone: (425) 766-0812
Twitter: @wspd2pio

Vehicle Traveling Too Fast For Conditions Nearly Strikes Trooper

Video footage from a patrol car shows Washington State Patrol Trooper Michael Porter barely avoiding being struck by a vehicle that rolled several times toward him on the shoulder during a collision investigation.

On October 13th, around 9:20 AM, Trooper Porter arrived at the scene of a one car collision on the southbound Interstate 405 to westbound Interstate 90 interchange ramp, in which a vehicle lost control ending up in the grass on the right shoulder. After advising the driver to buckle up and turn on her hazard lights, he walked back toward his patrol car as a second vehicle lost control and began rolling over on the grass shoulder directly toward him. Trooper Porter was forced to jump out of the path of the rolling car while trying to avoid slipping on the wet grass or running into the right lane of traffic. The grey passenger car continued to roll until it struck the initial collision vehicle and came to rest.

While the first two collisions were being investigated, a third vehicle lost control and rotated in clear view of the camera. In just over 30 minutes, a total of four collisions occurred on that same stretch of roadway. Two of those collisions were recorded by the trooper’s patrol car camera, but the most notable part of the video is how many vehicles were not having any difficulty driving on the wet roadway.

This video is a clear depiction of what occurs when drivers travel at speeds that exceed what is safe for the roadway conditions. In addition to speed too fast for conditions on a wet roadway, there may be other factors that resulted in the drivers losing control of their vehicles, but it’s clear that many drivers did not have any difficulty adjusting their speed to safely maneuver this ramp. Following a collision, drivers and passengers are urged to stay safely seat belted inside the vehicle and activate hazard lights while waiting for emergency responders to arrive.

The driver of the grey vehicle that rolled over suffered minor injuries. The two car collision that was not viewed on the video was a minor injury collision. The two, one-car spinout collisions were listed as non injury.