News agencies reported that a series of collisions that occurred on Snoqualmie Pass Monday morning that left an elderly couple dead and injured several others is being attributed to a truck driver’s inattention.
According to the Washington State Patrol, the 64-year-old truck driver was traveling on Interstate 90, 26 miles west of Cle Elum, in his 2006 Peterbilt tractor truck and trailer when he slammed into the rear end of a 2000 Jeep Cherokee, sparking a series of accidents. The Jeep then crashed into a semi-truck, which in turn struck a sedan which then struck the rear of another semi-truck at approximately 10:50am Monday. The vehicles were reportedly stopped for slowed traffic on the interstate.
The 64-year-old driver was not injured in the accident and was wearing his seat belt. The 68-year-old driver and his 73-year-old female passenger were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident when their Jeep was smashed from behind by the Peterbilt. The 46-year-old driver of the semi-truck initially hit was not injured in the accident. However, the 47-year-old female driver of the sedan was transported to Bellevue Hospital for treatment of her injuries along with her 35-year-old, 32-year-old and 43-year-old passengers. The 32-year-old driver of the center semi-truck was taken to an Ellensburg hospital for the treatment of undisclosed injuries.
Officials have determined that the accident was caused by the 64-year-old truck driver’s inattention, due to the fact that he did not slow for stopped traffic. Troopers are continuing their investigation into the crash prior to pursuing charges against the driver.
As a Bellevue car accident attorney, I’m saddened at the news of this tragic accident. In my years as a car accident lawyer, I’ve witnessed the devastating effects that similar accidents have had on the friends and family members left behind. I pray that they have the support they need as they mourn their loss and my heartfelt condolences go out to them at this time.