A mother, father and their infant son were crushed to death when a concrete wall fell from a state Route 410 overpass under renovation and landed on the family’s truck.
East Pierce Fire & Rescue officials said the accident happened before 11 a.m. Monday when concrete and other materials fell off the overpass and landed on the family’s pickup as they drove down Angeline Road East.
It took crews almost eight hours to remove the debris from the truck and realize that there were three people dead inside. Their names have not been released, but police say they were a couple in their 20s and their 6-month-old baby.
No word on how the “very heavy” concrete structure fell, but a construction crew had been working on a project to replace and extend a sidewalk on that overpass. The part that fell was part of the original overpass, which was built in 1992.
“The type of work that was going on shouldn’t have resulted in anything falling,” said Bonney Lake Public Works Director Dan Grigsby.
The work started about a month ago and is being completed by the contractor WHH Nisqually, a small business owned by the Nisqually Indian Tribe. Angeline Road is closed to traffic while crews clear the debris and authorities conduct their investigation.
Look at that picture. I mean what are the fucking odds? Not just a portion of an overpass falling on a passing vehicle, but for it to fall directly on the cab like that. If there’s any consolation, they probably died instantly. Probably.