Seattle I5 Accident: The Washington State Patrol reports that a driver who is accused of causing a multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 5 close to Northgate was detained and charged with DUI, vehicular assault, and reckless driving. Following the early morning collision, all lanes of the northbound I-5 near Northgate were reopened on Thursday.
Just before 1 a.m. on Thursday, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) first reported the collision south of Northeast 145th Street. After being closed for more than seven hours, all lanes reopened at about 8:30 in the morning. At least four cars, including a “very large box truck,” were involved in the collision, according to Washington State Patrol (WSP) Sgt. TJ Johnson.
According to WSP Trooper Rick Johnson, a car hit two cars on northbound I-5 after coming off an overpass. According to the WSP, the responsible driver was a male from Seattle, age 45. According to a complaint, one of the cars hit the front end of another as it was driving off the intersection of NE 130th St and 5th Ave NE and into the northbound lanes of I-5.
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According to the report, the second car impacted a third car, which then flipped over and hit a fourth car. According to a report by the WSP, the third-car passenger was partially ejected following the crash. Download our new KING 5+ Roku and Amazon Fire apps to watch live coverage around the clock.
According to the Seattle Fire Department, the collision caused two cars to flip over. Each of the flipping cars had a person removed by firefighters. A male and two women were rushed to the hospital, according to a Seattle Fire official. The two patients, a male, and a woman were carried to the hospital in good health.
According to Johnson, the second woman, a passenger in one of the cars, was brought to the hospital in critical condition. According to Trooper Johnson, the injuries to the driver of the car that crashed off the overpass are not life-threatening. The accident, according to Sgt. TJ Johnson served as “yet another reminder of how deadly drinking and driving can be.”
Up until 6:45 a.m., WSP troopers examined the collision. Around 6:45 a.m., KING 5 crews on the site saw WSDOT workers clearing the scene of the collision and attempting to reopen the freeway. Vehicles were rerouted off I-5 near Northgate during the shutdown, according to the WSDOT.
Lives ‘changed forever
The Washington State Patrol responded to three significant crashes in King County overnight and into the morning. One of the crashes happened on I-5. After colliding with a semi-truck on southbound SR 167 at SR 18 close to Auburn, a suspected drunk driver was killed.
The car over the barrier came to rest in the eastbound collector-distributor of SR 18. The driver was thrown from the vehicle and perished there. One individual perished in a single-vehicle collision on the southbound I-405 close to SR 520. Around 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, authorities were still looking into what caused the collision.
At least two of the collisions could have been avoided, according to a statement issued by State Patrol Captain Ron Mead after the accidents. “A poor choice on the part of a driver either while driving or leading up to their driving resulted in their death of themselves or the death of someone they didn’t know,” he added.
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