One dead, one injured in two separate crashes in Parkland
PARKLAND, Wash. - A woman has died after rear-ending a semi tractor-trailer rig on eastbound Highway 512 at Highway 7 in Parkland early Wednesday morning.
At around 2:30 a.m. the driver of the semi truck pulled over to the gore point to check the GPS when the woman driving a red 2003 Volkswagon GTI hit the back of the semi trailer at freeway speed, without braking, according to Washington State Patrol. It is unclear what caused the woman to crash.
She was later identified as Kati J. Shackelford, 30, of Puyallup.
Following the crash, a WSDOT employee set up a sign just west of the scene to warn drivers of the crash. She noticed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed toward her and her DOT vehicle, forcing her to dive over the barrier to avoid injury. The driver of the incoming vehicle smashed into the DOT truck, and that driver is now under arrest for vehicular assault. She is suspected of driving under the influence.
The causing driver in that crash suffered minor injuries, while her female passenger is in critical condition with a broken femur, according to Washington State Patrol. Both patients were taken to Tacoma General Hospital.
All lanes of eastbound Highway 512 have since reopened.