Port Angeles soccer legend Kyle Trussell survives being crushed by bulldozer

Port Angeles soccer legend Kyle Trussell survives being crushed by bulldozer

kyle_trussellPORT ANGELES, WA— Kyle Trussell grew up playing soccer in Port Angeles. He played for the local high school during their hey-day and then went on to play for Peninsula College in the earlier days of that now highly-regarded program. He’s coached at Port Angeles High and also for StormKing youth soccer. Recently Kyle was also part of the Port Angeles – Sequim Super Cup that celebrates adult soccer on the peninsula.

On Monday September 28 Kyle was seriously injured on the job as reported below by the Peninsula Daily News:

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PORT ANGELES — A construction worker run over by a bulldozer Monday at the Port Angeles Regional Transfer Station was in critical condition in a Seattle hospital this morning.

Kyle Trussell, of Port Angeles was in critical condition in intensive care as of 10:20 a.m. today, said a Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman.

Trussell, a contractor working on the landfill bluff stabilization project in west Port Angeles, was injured Monday morning when another contractor, driving a Caterpillar bulldozer, didn’t see him and ran over him, said Deputy Chief Brian Smith of the Port Angeles Police Department.

As soon as the bulldozer operator realized what had happened, he backed the equipment off Trussel and called 9-1-1 for help, Smith said.

Trussel suffered substantial crushing injuries to his pelvis and legs, he said.

Smith said Trussel was transported to Olympic Medical Center and flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The landfill project is managed by Magnus Pacific Environmental Construction Services of Everett.

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A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help Kyle deal with his long road to recovery.

To cheer him up and show support they will have his Super Cup jersey at the soccer field this Sunday for the Port Angeles community league and a card to sign. The jersey will be there from 8:30am until 5pm.

Friends are keeping track of Kyle’s recovery via his Facebook page.

Kyle Trussell (in green). JR Cline photo.
Kyle Trussell (in green). JR Cline photo.

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