DOT Worker Killed by Falling Tree

A man working for the Department of Transportation during the heavy rain storm that hit Western Washington Sunday night died after being struck by a falling tree.

The 12-year veteran of the department and an experienced tree-remover from North Bend, Wash., was called with his crews to help close roads and clear flood water on Highway 203, near Carnation. The 66-year-old was “helping set up traffic cones at 9 p.m. Sunday when he died after a cottonwood tree fell on Highway 203 south of Carnation, hitting him and his truck,” according to news reports.

The large amounts of rain over the holiday weekend was part of a Pineapple Express, causing rivers and streams to swell, flooding roadways and triggering landslides.

As a Seattle personal injury lawyer, I’m saddened to hear about this tragic work accident. My condolences go out to this man’s friends and families who are affected by this terrible incident. I hope the Department of Transportation is able to figure out what went wrong, causing the tree to fall on this man, and provide safety rules to ensure an accident like this never happens again.

If you have been injured on the job, contact a personal injury lawyer in Seattle.