SEATTLE — The Washington State Patrol says that a woman who was hurt in a multi-car crash on Interstate 5 near Northgate early Thursday morning died at the hospital from her injuries (WSP).
In the crash, officials said a 29-year-old woman from Everett was thrown from her car. A report says that she wasn’t wearing a seat belt at the time.
The WSP said that the driver who was blamed for the accident was charged with driving under the influence, vehicular assault, and reckless driving.
Just before 1 a.m. Thursday, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) got the first report of the crash south of Northeast 145th Street. Before 8:30 a.m., all lanes had been closed for more than seven hours.
Washington State Patrol (WSP) Sgt. TJ Johnson said that at least four vehicles, including a “huge box truck,” were involved in the crash.
Trooper Rick Johnson of the WSP said a car fell off an overpass and hit two cars going north on I-5. The WSP said the driver who caused the accident was a Seattle man who was 45 years old.
A report said that one of the cars went off the corner of NE 130th St and 5th Ave NE and into the northbound lanes of I-5, where it hit the front of another car. The report says that the second car hit the third one, flipped over, and hit the fourth one. In a statement, the WSP said that after the crash, the passenger of the third car was partly thrown out.
The Seattle Fire Department said that two cars flipped over in the crash. One person was taken out of each of the overturned cars by firefighters.
Three people, a man and two women, were taken to the hospital, according to a spokesperson for Seattle Fire. The man and the woman were taken to the hospital, where their conditions were stable. Johnson said the other woman in one of the cars was taken to the hospital in terrible shape.
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Trooper Johnson said that the driver of the car that went off the bridge had injuries that were not life-threatening.
Sgt. TJ Johnson said the accident was “another example of how dangerous it can be to drive after drinking.”
Troopers from the WSP looked into the crash until about 6:45 a.m. Around 6:45 a.m., KING 5 crews on the scene saw WSDOT workers clearing up the impact and working to reopen the interstate.
WSDOT said cars were taken off of I-5 at Northgate while closed.
“Their lives changed forever.”
The accident on I-5 was one of three severe accidents in King County overnight and early in the morning.
A driver who may have been drunk died after hitting a semi-truck on northbound SR 167 near Auburn at SR 18. The car went over the barrier and landed in the eastbound SR 18 pick-up and drop-off area. The driver was thrown out of the car and died there.
A single-car accident killed one person on southbound I-405 near SR 520. Around 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, the cause of that crash was still being looked into.
State Patrol Captain Ron Mead said in a statement after the crashes that at least two of them could have been avoided, but “a driver’s bad decision while driving or before they got behind the wheel led to their death or the death of someone they didn’t know.”
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