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State Patrol: 1 killed, 2 arrested after pair of suspected DUI crashes on I-5

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TACOMA, Wash. - One man was killed and two others are under arrest for suspected drunk driving after two separate crashes closed down Interstate 5 for hours Friday morning in Tacoma, the Washington State Patrol reports.

Several other people were injured in the mayhem, and a total of six cars were damaged or totaled.

The devastating mess began at about 2:15 a.m. when a driver slammed into a Ford Explorer that was stopped on the left shoulder of I-5, causing it to hit a third car, said Trooper Todd Bartolac of the State Patrol. Then a fourth driver plowed into all three of the other cars.

The driver of the Ford Explorer, later identified as Jason A. Ley, 46, of Yelm, was standing outside the vehicle at the time and was severely injured in the crash. He was taken to Madigan Army Hospital and later died.

The driver who caused the initial crash was arrested for investigation of DUI and vehicular homicide.

The second crash nearby happened because the driver wasn't paying attention and hit a cone in the construction area, the State Patrol reports. Another driver ended up crashing into that car. The driver who caused this crash was also arrested for investigation of DUI.

Southbound I-5 was closed for several hours during the investigation, but reopened at about 6 a.m.

The crashes remain under investigation.

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This is a developing news story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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