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Tow truck driver hit, seriously injured by suspected drunken driver while working on SR 7 (WA)


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A tow truck driver working at a crash scene on state Route 7 was hit and seriously injured by a suspected drunken driver Wednesday night, according to the State Patrol.


The 26-year-old Eatonville man was airlifted to Tacoma General Hospital.


He was called out to a collision in the northbound lanes of SR 7 about two miles north of Elbe to impound a vehicle.


Troopers said he was standing in the lane near the crash scene working about 9 p.m. when a Dodge Dakota pickup truck traveling north struck him.


The 23-year-old Eatonville man driving the pickup truck was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault and third-degree driving on a suspended license. He was booked into Pierce County Jail.


Pierce County prosecutors are expected to make a charging decision Thursday.


That section of SR 7 was closed for more than three hours while investigators processed and cleaned up the scene.



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