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TACOMA -- An SUV drove through a guardrail near the Tacoma Avenue Bridge Friday afternoon and plunged 70 to 100 feet to the Sound Transit tracks below. The driver was killed, police said.

All trains were stopped for a couple of hours, until the vehicle could be cleared.

The driver was the only occupant in the Ford Explorer, police said.

The incident happened at about 4:40 p.m. Friday, police said.

Police earlier said the SUV had gone off the Tacoma Avenue Bridge, which is undergoing construction. But police later clarified that the driver did not go off the bridge, but near it.

Police said the incident occurred at the intersection of Tacoma Avenue and Center Street. The driver was heading southbound, drove through the guardrail at the southeast corner of the intersection and landed on the Sound Transit tracks, police said.

The cause is under investigation.

This is the second such incident in a one-week period.

On the previous Friday, April 10, an SUV plunged off the L Street overpass onto southbound Interstate 5 near the Tacoma Dome during the afternoon rush hour, killing the driver. Amazingly, no other vehicles were hit by the falling SUV.

 

 

 

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11 comments

  • Ed VanDyke

    It’s time to reevaluate passing over or under Pierce County bridges/overpasses… ‘The rule of 3s’ has been satisfied, but it’s a silly rule and why risk it?

  • The Decider

    What is going on? These have both happened fairly close to my house. Places I pass by frequently. Both have been weirdly ford explorers I believe. The families that have to deal with these losses, so sad. I feel for them. Awful way to go.

  • Wallus

    Sadly I suspect distracted driving/texting in these situations. Medical emergencies sometimes are the cause. Everyone needs to be more careful and more focused on the primary task, which is driving.

  • A Mean Guy

    There was a similar accident last week or so, and an 18 year old female died as a result. Gee, drive defensively, people. There are a lot of distracted morons are driving these days.

  • A GOOD DRIVER - NO TICKET, NO ACCIDENT FOR LAST 20 YEARS.

    GEE, WHEN I DRIVE IN TACOMA FROM NOW ON, I BETTER LOOK UP AND CHECK THE SKY FOR A FALLING FORD SUV~ I HAVE A FEELING IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN~

  • Joshua Howard

    I don’t understand how you can have two vehicles plow over the edge of an overpass in a single week. They have barriers, sidewalks, guard rails… all which would generally preclude a vehicle from plunging off the side. It’s almost as if these folks took a hard turn on purpose. This is extremely weird.

  • Bye Way

    Bridge was built in 1936, speed limit 30 mph, there is a sidewalk and a concrete bridge railing but no “guardrail” except at the bridge ends. When you use the term “guardrail” when describing an indecent on a roadway one pictures the standard steel type, which in this accident and the East L street bridge accident isn’t the case. Not all roadways are tip top shape latest and greatest safety standards an probably never will be, drive wisely.

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