KING COUNTY, WA — A 51-year-old Tacoma man died Thursday afternoon after his car was struck by two semi-trucks on Interstate 5 in west Kent, reports The News Tribune.
The Washington State Patrol responded to the scene on the northbound interstate near State Route 516 exit at about 3:45 p.m.
A preliminary investigation shows the man was behind the wheel of a Ford Fusion slowly driving on the northbound shoulder. As he tried to merge onto the right lane, the Fusion was hit by a semi-truck. The impact of that crash sent into the car into the next lane, where it was struck by another semi.
The Tacoma man died from his injuries at the scene, confirmed troopers.
The driver of the second semi received treatment for minor injuries. No injuries to the first semi driver were reported.
Two right lanes and the right shoulder were blocked for more than three hours after the crash.
Investigators said impairment was not found to have been a factor in the crash.
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