A truck driver trying to avoid a car making a U-turn struck five parked vehicles with his trailer near Amanda Park Thursday morning, the Washington State Patrol reported.
John Gilroy, 83, of Neilton, was heading southbound on Highway 101 and pulled into the right-hand shoulder in his pickup truck and started to make a U-turn. Brian Lines, 41, also of Neilton, was heading southbound behind Gilroy in a semi-truck with a flatbed trailer attached, according to the Patrol report.
Lines tried to avoid Gilroy, but struck the pickup on the front driver’s side, then continued broadside down the road. It left the highway and struck five unoccupied parked cars in the 6400 block of Highway 101, one of which was pushed into a house, damaging the brickwork. The home was unoccupied at the time.
Gilroy was injured and transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital, where he was treated and released Thursday. Lines was unharmed and able to drive his truck away. Gilroy’s pickup was towed, and the parked cars were left at the scene. The cause of the collision is under investigation.