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Jackknifed Semi Causes Pileup on I-5 in Tacoma; 6 Injured

Updated on: 10/1/2018

A jackknifed semi truck on Interstate 5 caused a collision that left six people with injuries Sunday night in Tacoma, according to the Washington State Patrol. 

The incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. near State Route 16. 

A semi truck driver heading south on I-5 jackknifed, hit the center barrier and caused another semi driver to hit the barrier. The semi in the northbound lanes hit at least five other vehicles, one of which rolled. Six people were injured, one seriously and in intensive care, police said. 

The causing semi driver left the scene, but he only drove to the nearest exit. It is not classified as a hit-and-run; Tacoma police met with the driver afterward and he cooperated with investigators. 

Northbound I-5 lanes opened around 5:30 a.m. Southbound lanes opened around 6 a.m.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Police don’t believe there are any signs of impairment and no criminal charges are pending at this time.

Location of the Collision

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Once fault has been established for the crash and your injuries have stabilized, your attorney will submit a formal demand for compensation to the trucking company’s insurance carrier. Having a lawyer on your side is key, as the insurer will do everything to pin the blame on you.

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Image: Washington State Patrol

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Chris Davis is the founder of Davis Law Group, P.S. in Seattle, WA.
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