State Patrol: Stolen truck and trailer with excavator overturn on SR 16 near Port Orchard
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - The State Patrol is investigating after a stolen truck hauling a trailer with an excavator on it overturned on eastbound State Route 16 near Port Orchard Monday afternoon.
The crash happened just before 4:00 p.m. near State Route 160/Sedgewick Road.
Troopers said the Dodge Ram truck and the trailer with the excavator were both stolen.
The State Patrol said the trailer started oscillating due to improper load distribution causing the driver to lose control. The trailer then separated from the truck and overturned in the middle of the highway. The truck rolled on the the median and ended up on it's roof.
Troopers said the driver then fled the scene in a red car.
The eastbound lanes of SR 16 were closed for just under two hours while troopers investigated and cleared the scene.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call the State Patrol at 360-473-0300.