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No one hurt when truck rolls into water at Roche Harbor

A one-ton San Juan County Public Works Department truck rolled forward into the water at Roche Harbor at approximately 10 a.m. this morning and was completely submerged for approximately 2 to 2.5 hours until it was hauled out by a contract tow operator. Workers from Public Works and Roche Harbor stood by in case fuel or oil leaked from the truck, but acting Public Works Director Russ Harvey said that there was no leakage.

The truck was on the ramp at Roche Harbor in the area where construction will begin on a new dock, when it was bumped by a large piece of driftwood that was being loaded onto it. “Something in the trunk went ‘clunk’ and it rolled forward into the water,” said county Interim Public Works Director Russ Harvey,   No one was inside the truck at the time and there were no injuries reported.  Harvey said that a pleasure boat near the ramp suffered what he described as superficial damage.

The truck had been parked for about five minutes before it rolled into the water. It is now in the county shop and the maintenance crew is looking over the trucks mechanical system to see what might have caused the truck to start rolling.

Harvey described the truck as one of the older vehicles in the County fleet.

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