Image courtesy East Pierce Fire and Rescue.

Image courtesy East Pierce Fire and Rescue.

Dump truck crashes into Alderton store

Two were injured, one airlifted to hospital.

Two people were injured when a dump truck crashed into the Alderton General Store yesterday morning.

According to East Pierce Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Jim Jaques, first responders were dispatched to the site of the crash at 10:54 a.m.

When they arrived, they found the truck embedded in the building, located at 9602 WA-162 in Puyallup, west of Bonney Lake, and the trailer it was towing on its side.

The truck driver, reportedly a 60 year old man from Graham, was airlifted to Harborview for treatment after he was extracted from his vehicle, Jaques said, adding the female owner of the store was transported to Tacoma General.

At the moment, no names have been released.

SR 162 access was restricted as technical rescue crews worked to secure the building and remove the truck, but the highway was re-opened fully by 5 p.m.

The truck also struck a light pole at the intersection of the highway and 96th St. East, and a temporary signal has been installed.

The cause of the wreck is unclear, though it’s been reported the driver was not paying attention to the road.

Image courtesy East Pierce Fire and Rescue.

Image courtesy East Pierce Fire and Rescue.

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