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Collision Injures Wrong-Way Driver

One woman was injured in a car accident Sunday morning after driving the wrong way on Interstate 5, according to news reports.

The car accident occurred around 4:30 a.m. when a 78-year-old woman drove her 2004 Chevrolet Impala up the Trosper Road off-ramp and onto I-5 in Tumwater, Wash. The woman struck an oncoming pickup truck head-on that was traveling south in the far right lane, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The 78-year-old was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital with unknown injuries. The 22-year-old woman in the pickup truck was treated at the scene, but did not need to be taken to the hospital. Both vehicles were totaled.

Another vehicle that was hit from debris in the wreck was damaged, but none of the four people in the car, including a 4-year-old boy and 2-week-old girl, were injured, according to news reports.

The wrong-way driver will likely be cited with negligent driving, according to news reports. The collision blocked two right lanes of I-5 south until around 6 a.m.

It is unclear if any factors contributed to the collision. It is being investigated.

As an Olympia personal injury lawyer, I’m saddened to hear about this collision. I hope those injured in the accident are able to quickly recover from their injuries. I hope investigators can determine exactly what went wrong in this accident so they can make the changes to the off-ramp if necessary.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in Olympia.