MALTBY — A state Department of Transportation driver tried to pull a U-turn and collided with a Jeep on Highway 522, sending a woman to a local hospital for X-rays, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The state worker, 47, was parked in a 2012 Ford F-450 pickup with a DOT decal along the eastbound exit to Echo Lake Road. He tried to pull a U-turn just before 9 a.m. to go west on the highway, but struck a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by a Monroe woman, 34, according to state troopers.
Her Jeep rolled several times and came to rest in a ditch on the west side of Highway 522. She was taken to a hospital to be checked for possible broken bones, trooper Heather Axtman said. Her injuries weren’t considered life-threatening. The Jeep was totaled.
The cause of the crash appeared to be an improper U-turn, according to the state patrol. Any charges were pending.
Traffic was stalled for hours on the highway.