Suspected ‘equipment failure’ sends big rig on wild ride down ravine

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) says that a truck driver was unhurt after crashing off the road and down a steep embankment.

The crash occurred around 5 a.m. on Wednesday, January 20, about 12 miles south of Ellensburg, Washington.

Trooper say that the truck was traveling westbound on I-82 at mile marker 11 when the truck driver, 29 year old Ray Juarez-Perez, lost control.

Troopers say that the truck “went off the roadway into the median and down a ravine” before coming to a stop.

The truck driver was not injured.

WSP Trooper John Bryant said, “As it was going through the guardrail, the hood and some of the parts from the front of the semi went off and into the roadway, which caused a couple of vehicles behind it to get flat tires. So that was unfortunate.”

WSP believes that equipment failure is the likely cause of the crash and that one or more tires blew prior to the truck leaving the roadway. The crash is still under investigation.

Charges could be issued following inspection of the truck, according to local news outlet KPQ.