On December 12 at approximately 1:53 p.m., a structure engine (Engine 7-1) was returning to the main station in Vader after working the structure fire in Ryderwood. The operator, who was the only occupant, was east bound in the 2100 block of SR 506. The operator observed an oncoming vehicle west bound on SR 506 crossing the center line. The operator took evasive action to avoid the other vehicle and left the roadway causing the engine to overturn on the driver's side.
The operator was taken by ambulance to Providence Centralia Hospital and was treated and released with minor injuries. The operator has been cleared to return to full duty.
The accident is currently under investigation and anyone who may have witnessed the incident is encouraged to contact the Washington State Patrol-Chehalis Detachment.