Two Semi Accident Creates Chain Reaction Crash Leaving 6 People Injured

Tacoma, Washington – An accident involving two semis Sunday night on I-5 in Tacoma left six people injured and slowed overnight traffic for hours in the aftermath.

A truck driver traveling south on I-5 around 11:30 p.m. Sunday jackknifed, then struck the barrier separating the two directions of traffic on I-5 near SR-16. This created a chain reaction and caused a semi driver in the northbound lanes to hit the barrier. The semi in the northbound lanes struck at least five other vehicles, one of which rolled over onto its side.

Six people were taken to local hospitals with varying injuries, with one seriously injured and in ICU, officials said.

The semi driver who caused the incident reportedly left the scene; however, he only drove to the nearest exit, which state patrol said does not classify as a hit-and-run. It was initially reported that multiple drivers followed the semi driver and called 9-1-1 to report the incident. Tacoma Police said they did meet up with the driver and he cooperated with the investigation.

Diesel was also spilled from the causing driver’s semi truck which prolonged the cleanup process. Northbound lanes opened around 5:30 a.m. while southbound lanes opened at 6 a.m.

Officials are still investigating what caused the initial crash. Investigators say they didn’t see signs of impairment and no criminal charges are pending at this time.

Photo shared courtesy of Washington State Patrol.


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