A head-on collision between a car and semi-truck closed the Hood Canal Bridge in both directions for nearly two hours on Tuesday morning. (State Patrol)

A head-on collision between a car and semi-truck closed the Hood Canal Bridge in both directions for nearly two hours on Tuesday morning. (State Patrol)

Collision snarls traffic on Hood Canal Bridge

Mid-span crash blocks taffic

SHINE — The Hood Canal Bridge reopened after a mid-span collision between a semi-truck and a passenger car blocked traffic for nearly two hours Tuesday morning.

The semi-truck driver — Jasper Ngiraked, 47, of Spanaway — was cited for speed too fast for conditions after the 9:33 a.m. crash, the State Patrol said. He was not hurt.

The driver of the car — Kristina L. Miller, 50, of Buckley — was taken to St. Michael Medical Center in Bremerton as a precaution, the State Patrol said in a memo. By Tuesday afternoon, she was not listed as a patient.

The truck was traveling east on the bridge when the driver lost control, and it hit the concrete barrier on the eastbound side of state highway 104, veered into oncoming traffic and struck Miller’s car. Both vehicles came to rest blocking both lanes, the State Patrol said.

Tow trucks cleared the wreckage, which included the jack-knifed semi, according to Trooper Chelsea Hodgson, State Patrol spokesperson.

The collision was cleared by 11:40 a.m., the Department of Transportation reported.

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Jefferson County reporter Zach Jablonski can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 5, or at [email protected]

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