Van crashes into Hood Canal Bridge traffic barrier while floating span open

Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — The traffic barrier came down on the Hood Canal Bridge but a 1995 Ford Econoline van didn’t stop.

The barrier, lighted with flashing red lights, was in the down position as its drawspan was open to allow passage of vessel traffic around 12:30 Monday afternoon.

The State Patrol said the white van, driven by Stephen J. Patch, 64, of Port Townsend, struck the barrier.

Patch was unhurt, the State Patrol said, and the van was driven from the scene — once the drawspan was back in place for traffic.

Everything on the bridge, including flashing warning lights on approach to the traffic barrier, was working, an investigating trooper said.

Patch was cited for driving too fast for conditions, the State Patrol reported.

Last modified: August 04. 2014 3:42PM
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