Storm nudges bus off road

NAHCOTTA — A Pacific Transit bus went of the road in the midst of a storm on Nov. 26.

The crash occurred around 6:45 p.m. as the driver was driving an empty bus on southbound on Sandridge Road near 281st Street, Pacific Transit Director Richard Evans said.

“The driver basically said that he was driving and he just got hit by a gust of wind. There was a very narrow shoulder there,” Evans said. That part of the road has a very narrow margin for error — there are about three to four inches of road between the fog line and a ditch, Evans said. Once the front wheel went off the road, the momentum pulled the bus into the ditch.

The driver was not injured. The bus was towed out of the ditch the following day.

Evans said he was concerned enough about the potential for a serious accident at that spot that he wrote a letter to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

“The road is so narrow that if there are two wide vehicles there, there is not room for a pedestrian,” he said.

Car bumps into Long Beach bank

LONG BEACH — Around 11 a.m. on Dec. 3, a driver crashed into the Bank of the Pacific at 1007 Pacific Ave. SW. No one was hurt, and police were not involved because the wreck took place on private property. The driver exchanged information with bank officials before leaving. On the morning of Dec. 4, the damaged portion of the bank building was covered in plywood.

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