Tacoma man killed in accident on I-5
Second fatal accident occurred near Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park
June 18, 2017
(TACOMA, WA.) -- The Wash. State Patrol (WSP) says a Tacoma man lost his life in a 2-vehiocle accident on Interstate 5 over the weekend.
The incident happened just before 11:00 pm Saturday night when a white 2001 Ford Escort was northbound on Interstate 5 from 72nd Street in Tacoma while a large, white 2007 International 430 Tractor truck was stopped on the right shoulder of the ramp entering Northbound I-5 from 72nd street.
The patrol report says for reasons unknown the small Escort rammed into the large truck, killing the driver of the Escort. He was identified as 30-year old Devin D. Rice of Tacoma.
His car was totaled in the collision. The accident blocked lanes one and two of the ramp for 90 minutes.
Not injured was the driver of the large tractor rig identified as 44-year old Kenneth J. Brannon of Sumner, WA. Also not injured were passengers in the truck, a 46-year old Tacoma man and a 23-year old man also from Tacoma.
The patrol says the cause of the collision is under investigation.
Second Fatal Accident
In another fatal accident over the weekend, an SUV carrying two passengers when down a steep cliff just before 7:30 pm near the Mt. Rainier National Park also in Pierce County.
The Pierce County Sheriff's office says the accident happened at an ORV park. One of the passengers was reported deceased at the scene and the other passenger was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.
The morning News Tribune in Tacoma reported that fire department units were dispatched to the accident scene at the Evans Creek Off-Road Vehicle Park, near the Mowich Lake Road entrance to the park about 5 p.m.
A 1994 Jeep Wrangler had gone over a cliff descending downward about 1,000 feet.. A man inside was deceased at the scene and about 600 feet down the cliff, a woman who was evidently ejected from the vehicle was critically injured, according to the report.
Cause of the accident was undetermined.