PIERCE COUNTY, WA — Three people were seriously injured early Tuesday in a wreck involving a motorcycle and three cars near south Tacoma, reports King 5.
According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, the crash happened on the southbound interstate near South 56th Street, shortly before 1:00 a.m.
Details are limited, but the Washington State Patrol said three cars appear to have been racing at the time one of the vehicles was hit by a motorcycle.
The operator of the motorcycle, a 32-year-old woman, and the driver of that impacted car, a 57-year-old man, suffered serious injuries.
A 19-year-old man driving one of the other two cars also sustained undisclosed injuries.
All three patients remained at the scene, but the driver of the third car fled the scene on foot. The WSP later confirmed the abandoned vehicle had been reported stolen.
A section of the southbound interstate was shut down for nearly seven hours following the crash. Southbound traffic was forced to divert onto South 56th Street, creating a backup at least three miles long.
By 7:45 a.m., the roadway had reopened to normal traffic, though delays remained.
An investigation remains ongoing, but the WSP said the drivers who were allegedly racing will likely face vehicular assault charges.
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