‘I don’t know what to do now:' 2 injured as asphalt truck plows into store near Orting
NEAR ORTING, Wash. -- The owner of a landmark general store near Orting is recovering in the hospital after an asphalt truck plowed into it on Wednesday.
“My wife is safe. That is, I think that’s very important. The building is okay. Life is very important,” said Hee Yi, husband and co-owner of the Alderton General Store.
According to state troopers, around 11 a.m. an asphalt truck driver veered off the road just before 96th Street East in Alderton, clipped a power box before crashing into the side of the store.
The driver of an Action Asphalt paving truck had to be excavated before he was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.
“He made noise. He was groaning, he was definitely hurting, but he was alive,” said Beau Tracy, who ran into the store to help those involved.
“I think she [Sun Yi] got hit in the head hard enough. She didn’t have a clue what was going on. She was just walking in circles, holding her head, so just kind of escorted her out, got her out of the building,” said Tracy.
Officials said he was responsive while on scene. We do not have an updated condition.
Yi was ground-transported to Tacoma General hospital, according to East Pierce Fire & Rescue.
Traffic crews shut down SR-162 in both directions while they cleared the scene.
The stretch of highway between Orting and Sumner reopened around 4:30 p.m.