WSDOT, Washington State Trooper involved in accident along I-5

Two WSDOT vehicles and a state trooper were involved in a series of collisions on I-5 southbound in Tacoma early Friday morning.

TACOMA, Wash – A motorist was arrested after a series of crashes on Interstate 5 southbound in Tacoma early Friday morning.

Accidents involving two Washington State Department of Transportation Vehicles (WSDOT) and Washington State Patrol (WSP) vehicles. The vehicle that hit the WSP vehicle fled the scene.

The collisions occurred on I-5 southbound near 56th South Street, north of the Tacoma Mall.

According to WSP Trooper Sgt. In pursuit of VanCleave, multiple WSDOT trucks were sweeping the road in the right lane at about 12:42 a.m. when a vehicle crashed into the rear of one of the WSDOT vehicles guarding a street sweeper.

VanCleave said the driver of that vehicle, a 21-year-old man from Lakewood, was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

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Minutes later, another accident occurred at the same location.

VanCleave said a driver tried to take the South 56th Street exit and hit the vehicle causing the first collision. VanCleave said it is believed the driver was trying to get out of the car late or drive too fast. After the driver hit that vehicle, they hit another vehicle on the South 56th Street exit ramp.

The driver of the second crash, which VanCleave said was a young woman, was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Immediately after the second collision, a third collision also occurred at the same location. VanCleave said a WSDOT vehicle arrived with a “reading board” to block the southbound lane due to the second collision and was hit by another vehicle.

WSP Trooper Robert Reyer said a WSP troper vehicle was also hit by a dark gray pickup truck in the right rear tire in the series of crashes. Reyer said the truck continued to head south of I-5 and the troops were unable to catch up with the vehicle. Reyer said the soldier was not in the vehicle when it crashed and was not injured.

No other injuries have been reported.

WSP has shared a reminder for drivers as the holidays are approaching.

WSP Sgt says: “Don’t drink, don’t drive. Go after VanCleave. “If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol and you drive, bad things can happen. We’re lucky no one was seriously injured, but here’s what happens when you mix alcohol and dementia or drugs while driving. “

All incidents cleared up in time for Friday morning’s commute.

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