Wheel flies off car
heading down I-5
Two people injured
February 23, 2018
(CHEHALIS, WA.) – Read this story and you’ll probably want to check the tightness of your car’s wheel lug nuts as soon as possible.
The state patrol says a wheel all of a sudden came loose and flew off a car as it was headed down Interstate 5 Thursday, injuring two people in another vehicle.
The accident happened just after 4:30 pm about a mile outside the Chehalis, Washington city limits in Lewis County.
The patrol report says a silver 1995 Ford Escort sedan was headed southbound on I-5 at milepost 75 and a blue 2003 Kia Sorento SUV was headed northbound at the same location when all of a sudden a front wheel came flying off the Ford Escort, bounced over the median in the road and smashed into the Kia’s windshield on the driver’s side.
The Kia driver then lost control of the car and it left the freeway to the right. The impact totaled the Kia.
The state patrol report says injured were:
51-year old Valdemar Sebastian of Centralia, WA the driver of the Kia. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
46-year old Analorena Jimenez Morales, also of Centralia. Transported to Centralia Providence Hospital.
Not injured was the driver of the Ford Escort identified as 26-year old Joseph A. Miranda of Lacey, Washington.
It was not immediately known why the vehicle’s wheel came flying off the car. The state patrol report says the cause of the accident remains under investigation.