A 36 year old Moses Lake man escaped relatively unharmed after an axle and tire dislodged from a passing semi and struck the front of his vehicle.
Washington State Patrol Trooper Brian Moore said Joseph M. Achurra suffered a cut to his finger and was transported to a hospital as a precaution. Moore said the debris struck the right front or passenger side of his vehicle. If the impact had been on the opposite side, Moore said Achurra, who was the lone occupant might have been seriously injured or killed. The semi driver, Felipe Alemancalleja, 47 of Connell was not injured. Troopers cited Alemancalleja for operating defective equipment.
The accident occurred about 7am and impacted traffic on SR17 near milepost 41 outside Warden.