KING COUNTY, WA — A 43-year-old woman was arrested for suspected impairment early Tuesday after a wrong-way crash in Kirkland that injured herself and two others, according to KOMO News.
The Washington State Patrol said the wreck occurred on the southbound lanes of Interstate 405, north of Exit 17 to Northeast 70th Place. Authorities responded to the scene shortly after 2:20 a.m.
A preliminary investigation shows the woman was driving a 1994 Chevy Z71 pickup truck when she entered the southbound interstate from NE 70th Place and continued driving northbound. A driver in a silver 1995 Lexus LS heading southbound tried to avoid a crash with the wrong-way vehicle by swerving, but ultimately hit the driver’s side of the Chevy.
The WSP said the wrong-way driver and sole occupant of the Chevy was placed under custody for suspected DUI. She and two adults in the Lexus were transported to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center.
The severity of their conditions has not been disclosed, but authorities said the suspect could face vehicular assault charges due to the “nature of the injuries” sustained.
Three right lanes, in addition to the toll lane, of southbound I-405 were shut down for more than three hours. By 6:00 a.m., crews had cleared the scene from the roadway.
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