SUV being pushed by State Trooper crashes into building in Tacoma, causes broken gas line
TACOMA, Wash. - A disabled SUV, being assisted by a State Trooper, accidentally crashed into a building and hit a gas line in Tacoma Tuesday night.
It happened near Pacific Ave. and S. 21st Street.
The State Patrol said the vehicle became disabled on State Route 509. A trooper was helping to push the vehicle off the highway when the woman driving the SUV lost control and crashed into the Harmon Building.
“He was trying to get her off the road into a safe location and unfortunately this is the result,” said Sgt. Corey Kingman with Washington State Patrol.
The crash caused a broken gas line, forcing residents who live at the building and a restaurant to evacuate.
Puget Sound Energy was called in to inspect the gas line.
“The takeaway is that your brakes still function even if your car is not running. Steering will be more difficult because power steering won't be engaged," said Sgt. Kingman. "But the vehicles can still brake as normal and you need to be ready to follow the instructions of the officer that's helping you that once they disengage its time to slow down."
No one was injured.
Pacific Avenue was closed from S. 21st Street to the Washington State History Museum for several hours while the scene was cleared.