A Centralia flatbed truck-driver in his mid-20s was rescued with the help of a Jaws of Life hydraulic extraction device from his crashed vehicle in Winlock Thursday evening.
The truck was hauling steel beams on West Avery Road when it started going into a ditch on one side of the road, according to the driver’s report to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The driver over-corrected and ended up leaving the roadway on the other side of the road, rolling and coming to a rest upright in a ditch between North Military Road and Highway 603.
Lewis County Fire District 5 responded to the incident at 4:10 p.m., along with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was conscious and alert during his rescue, according to Lewis County Fire District 5 Chief Dan Mahoney, and transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia.
The driver was issued an infraction for driving off of the road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.