Fatal AccidentSeattle, WA- A bizarre construction accident, in which a large piece of concrete, weighing thousands of pounds, crashed onto a vehicle, left three members of a young Washington State family dead Monday.
Josh Ellison, his wife Vanessa and their 6-month-old son were traveling under the Route 410 overpass in Bonney Lake—a town about 30 miles southeast of Seattle–when the slab of concrete approximately 80 to 100 feet long crashed onto the cab of their truck.
All three were killed instantly.
Police initially reported that only one person was dead, but when they were able to clear away the debris they discovered the three victims.
The Ellisons both served as youth pastors at the Eastpointe Foursquare Church.
It is a terrible stroke of fate that this family was traveling under the bridge at the very moment the slab fell. And now investigators will have to figure out exactly why the slab fell and who is responsible.
Naturally, questions about the safety record of the contractor has come into question.
Bonney Lake Mayor Neil Johnson told NBC News that the project was intended to make the heavily-traveled overpass safer for pedestrians. He said the contractor heading the project is WHH Nisqually Federal Services, a construction company ran by members of the Nisqually Tribe, who have no co citations of violations recorded by state agencies.
The same, however, cannot be said of the subcontractor who was working to remove the concrete jerseys running alongside the overpass.
The News Tribune discovered that the subcontractor working on the bridge, Stanton Companies, of Eugene, Oregon has been cited for safety violations in the past. The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries cited Stanton Companies for not protecting employees from falls.
The Department of Labor and Industries will be investigating the accident as will Bonney Lake Police.
Past safety violations don’t in and of themselves indicate any neglect in this particular situation, but his tragedy will be closely examined to determine fault and help prevent future incidents.
The cause of this bizarre accident will also be important to the Ellisons’ loved ones if they decide to pursue civil action.
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