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State Patrol: Reckless driving a factor in serious injury crash on I-5

Photo from Wash. State Patrol

SEATAC, Wash. - One person was seriously injured in a Wednesday morning crash involving a recklessly driven vehicle on Interstate 5 just south of Sea-Tac Airport, the Washington State Patrol reports.

Troopers and firefighters responded to the scene, in the northbound lanes of I-5 near South 200th Street, at about 7:50 a.m. after receiving reports of a serious crash, said Trooper Rick Johnson of the State Patrol.

Two damaged vehicles were found at the crash scene - a Subaru and a van. Two injured people were trapped inside the van and had to be extricated. They were taken to the hospital for treatment of broken bones.

A preliminary investigation found that the driver of the Subaru, a 25-year-old woman, was driving recklessly and making hand gestures before crashing into the back of the van, Johnson said. Both vehicles rolled and ended up in the ditch alongside the freeway.

The driver of the Subaru was taken into custody. She was uninjured.

At least two lanes are closed at the scene, snarling traffic and causing a six-mile-long backup as of 9 a.m. There is no estimate for when the lanes will be reopened. Motorists are urged to use alternate routes, such as Military Road, to get around the crash scene.

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

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