A woman was killed and three others were injured Sunday when a suspected DUI driver going the wrong way on Interstate 5 in Arlington slammed head-on into another car, according to the Washington State Police.
The incident occurred around 4 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-5 about a mile north of Arlington near the intersection of I-5 and State Route 530. The crash closed the southbound lanes for more than three hours.
A 28-year-old Oregon woman was killed. She was a front seat passenger in a Toyota Corolla that was hit by the wrong-way driver. The driver of the Corolla, a 30-year-old Oregon woman, and a baby in the back seat were taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. KOMO reports they have since been released.
The wrong-way driver is a 56-year-old Darrington man. He has a history of DUI. He was treated for his injuries, then booked into Snohomish County Jail on suspicion of vehicular homicide, driving a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and driving with an invalid license.
A police investigation found that the wrong-way driver entered I-5 via exit 202 and drove six miles in the wrong direction in a Ford Explorer before hitting the Corolla.
Three other vehicles were hit by debris from the crash.
Witness Recalls Seeing Wrong-Way Driver
KOMO spoke with a woman that was driving home to Lynnwood in another vehicle when she was forced to swerve out of the way of the wrong-way driver.
“My life just flashed before my eyes,” the woman said. “He had to have been going like 90 miles per hour.”
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