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1 death, multiple injuries in series of I-5 crashes near Grand Mound

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GRAND MOUND, Wash. - A series of crashes - including one deadly crash - closed northbound Interstate 5 for hours Sunday near the Maytown rest area, the Washington State Patrol reports. All lanes of the freeway have since reopened.

Trooper Brooke Bova says the crashes began around 4 a.m., when there were three in a row. The third crash ended in a fatality.

Bova says the first crash was a collision involving a semi truck and three other vehicles. One or more persons sustained minor injuries in that crash.

The second collision, which also caused minor injuries, happened in the backup caused by the first accident. A truck towing a trailer was involved, with the trailer going down an embankment. It wasn't immediately known how many other vehicles were involved in the second crash.

The fatal crash happened at milepost 93, in the backup caused by the initial two crashes.

Troopers said a semi truck driver was apparently try to slow down when it hit two vehicles. The semi driver then swerved and hit a Hyndai Accent. The occupant of tht vehicle, a 61-year-old man, was killed.

The semi truck driver apparently then swerved again and hit three more vehicles. In all, the third crash involved seven vehicles: four semi trucks and three passenger vehicles. It wasn't immediately clear if there were any other injuries in that crash.

After the northbound lanes were shut down at milepost 88, there was a fourth crash later on involving two cars. A woman was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. The causing driver in that crash was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

A detour was set up during the freeway closure. Two northbound lanes of I-5 reopened at about 12:40 p.m. and all lanes reopened at about 3 p.m.

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