Tacoma fire fighters responded Wednesday morning to a reported auto versus semi-truck accident at the intersection of 12th Street East and 54th Avenue East in Fife, near the Port of Tacoma.
According to Tacoma Fire spokesperson Joe Meinecke, companies arrived to find a van had been struck by a semi-truck and pushed into the side of on office building. The scene was complicated by the threat of an electrical hazard from a power pole that was sheared off in the collision and lying on top of the semi-truck.
Crews stabilized the scene, removed the occupants from the van, and transported two occupants to area hospitals. The building was occupied at the time of the crash, but no one was in that particular office at the time of the accident.
Tacoma Fire Department and Fife Police Department staff will spend the rest of the day removing the vehicle from the building, conducting a structural assessment of the severity of damage to the building, and keeping the scene clear and safe as public utilities works on restoring the power to the area.