Law enforcement officials say a hit-and-run crash killed three people and closed all lanes of traffic along Interstate 5 southbound near Lakewood, Washington.
According to the Washington State Patrol, a 23-year-old man was swerving across the southbound lanes before crashing into another vehicle shortly after 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning.
CBS News reports the vehicle that was struck rolled over, killing three people inside, with its engine block landing in the northbound lanes, prompting another crash.
Traffic is backed up for at least four miles, CBS affiliate KIRO-TV reported.
KOMO News reports that while state police officers were attending to the fatality collision in the southbound lanes, DuPont law enforcement officers were attempting to assist the crash that took place in the northbound lanes.
While at the scene, a DuPont police officer was struck while sitting in his vehicle by a semi. He was transported to a local area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
The 23-year-old driver who caused the crash fled the scene, however, an off-duty Seattle law enforcement officer who witnessed the events was able to help direct state troopers to the suspects location, the News Tribune reported.
The driver was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide, DUI, hit-and-run and possession of a stolen firearm.
According to KIRO-7, a woman was found outside of the vehicle three miles away attempting to remove the damaged bumper.
(Crusader Journal Staff)