Orting Truck Driver Killed in Rollover Crash on SR 167 at SR 18 Interchange

64-year-old Roger S. Warren was killed today after his semi-truck flipped on its top at the southbound SR 167 interchange for westbound SR 18.

UPDATE: The driver killed in this crash has been identified as Roger S. Warren. His cause of death, according to the King County Medical Examiner, was positional asphyxiation, after he was suspended by his seatbelt in an inverted position following the accident.


A 64-year-old truck driver from Orting is dead today after the semi truck he was driving flipped on its top on the SR 167 and SR 18 interchange, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The man’s name has not yet been released, as his next-of-kin has not been notified.

The driver was traveling southbound on SR 167 at 10:45 a.m. when he attempted to exit for westbound SR 18 at the time of the accident, the report states. His semi-truck left the roadway and rolled over on the left shoulder, coming to a rest on its top.

The cause of this accident is under investigation by the Washington State Patrol.

Jim Davey December 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM
How sad that for his family & friends that this should happen at anytime, but so close to Christmas makes it even more tragic. My thoughts & prayers are with them
DC December 13, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I drove right by the scene getting into Hwy 18 and was hoping no tragedy struck...How sad for this family...Thoughts and prayers are with them
ryan cites December 13, 2012 at 12:46 AM
This is a solemn reminder of how quickly things can happen...PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, be safe out there everyone. It is so devastating to lose some one..especially during the Holidays...take care...for everyone's sake.
Lauren Padgett (Editor) December 13, 2012 at 01:00 AM
I hate driving this stretch of road - I take 18 from 167 at least twice a week and hold my breath every single time. Both interchanges are extremely dangerous.
Teri Houser December 13, 2012 at 02:48 AM
May God rest his soul and bring peace and comfort to his family.
Jerry Ready December 13, 2012 at 03:43 AM
This man was gods gift to this EARTH. I knew this man for 16 years. He is his companys Golden Driver, not one accident in 20 years, I talked to him about life and the joy it brought him. I had his fellow team mates in my office when this happend. My heart, my co-workers, we feel the familys loss. Him and I talked of retirement, my sister has a house in the same area to where he planned to retire. Jerry ps- BIG Guy it does not matter where we want, we all end up in GODS country, I love you as a BROTHER
grandpa pike December 13, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Our prayers are lifting up this family and friends. Absent from this earth. Present with Our Lord.
grandpapike December 13, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Our prayers are lifting up this family and friends. Absent from this earth. Present with Our Lord.
Bob Munson December 13, 2012 at 02:50 PM
this interchange is no different than any other major interchange. Sounds more like a medical emergency occurred.
Lauren Padgett (Editor) December 13, 2012 at 06:38 PM
So sorry for your loss, Jerry. He sounds like he was a great person...
manny December 13, 2012 at 06:48 PM
So sad i drove by there yesterday when that happen.may god rest his soul
Rose Florio December 14, 2012 at 02:36 AM
I too knew Roger. Worked with him for years. He was the kindest, sweetest man. He was a dedicated truck driver and I believe he really loved what he did for a living. It had to of had something to do with a health issue. It was a blessing in disguise that no one else was hurt. Roger would of had it no other way. It is a tragedy that he left this earth so suddenly. His co- workers and us at Simpson will miss his sunny disposition and his bright outlook on life. Such a gentle soul. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and co- workers. Fare thee well, dear Roger. Go with God. Keep on truckin Rog. Rose Florio
Howard Waltman December 14, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Roger was my neighbor, A kinder gentle man , Always willing to help you or quick with a smile, World's going to be a much sadder place, See you on the other side bro,
Sara Slagle December 16, 2012 at 03:47 AM
My husband is also a truck driver. He drives back and forth over the pass all week. He was close behind this fellow driver and witnessed it. It's so sad and tragic. Say a prayer for all our truck drivers out there. They have a job that can be dangerous. And they help this country stay running. Stay safe and thank you to you all.
Lauren Padgett (Editor) December 17, 2012 at 05:50 PM
We've updated our story to include cause and manner of death from the King County Medical Examiner's Office. Roger didn't have a medical emergency, he died of positional asphyxiation, after he was suspended by his seatbelt in an inverted position following the accident.


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