Trucker Likely To Be Charged With Reckless Driving
Troopers with the Washingston State Patrol say the driver of an 18-wheeler will likely be cited for reckless driving. They say Mark Bailey, 58, caused an accident that sent five people to the hospital the other day. Fortunately, there were no fatalities.
Authorities say that on Thursday, Bailey was driving a 2013 Kenworth tractor-trailer when he tried to enter the emergency turnaround in the highway median. While trying to maneuver from Point A to Point B, troopers say Bailey turned in front of a 1990 Mercury Sable.
When he turned in front of the car, troopers say the car became lodged under the semi, forcing both vehicles to come to a complete stop in the turnaround. Bailey was not injured in the crash.
However, the folks in the car weren’t so lucky. Authorities say all five people suffered injuries. The Sable’s driver, Michael Goyne, 42, of Moses Lake, was taken to a nearby hospital, along with passengers Roberta Goyne, 63, of George; Ethan Howe, 20; Emmett Howe, 13; and Alyssa Howe, 10, all of Moses Lake. Two of the passengers were treated and released from the hospital within hours.
Usually, many vehicle fatalities involve people who fail to wear their seatbelts. In this particular accident, troopers say all occupants were wearing seat belts.