Updated on: 10/30/2020
A motorcyclist is dead after an accident involving a semi-truck on I-5 near Tumwater Friday morning.
The rider was killed after being struck by two different semi-trucks after losing control while entering the freeway.
State troopers arrived at the scene just before 10:30 a.m. Friday morning to find the 29-year-old victim dead at the scene.
Initial investigations at the scene show the rider may have lost control after crossing the gore to enter the freeway and losing control on a slick oil-like substance on the road or after striking a curb.
After losing control it appears he struck the right rear of one semi, before being struck by a second truck that it appears to have failed to stop at the scene.
Washington State Patrol has an open investigation into the incident as a hit-and-run.
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Knowing that it appears the rider lost control and was potentially entering the freeway using the gore, a ticketable offense in the state of Washington, and lost control before striking either vehicle, it is possible that the insurance companies for both semi-trucks involve could put up more of a fight than a typical accident claim.
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