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Impaired driver going wrong way on SR-18 triggers head-on crash

Rollover crash on SR-18 (KOMO Photo)

COVINGTON, Wash. -- A man who is suspected of being high on drugs triggered a head-on crash while driving the wrong-way on SR-18 Monday morning, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The crash happened just before 6:30 a.m. just west of 256th Street in Covington, according to Trooper Rick Johnson.

A man was driving east on the shoulder of the westbound lanes when he crossed into traffic and stuck a pickup truck head-on, investigators said. The wrong-way driver was pinned in the wreckage for several minutes and had to be freed by firefighters.

He was eventually taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, but his condition has not been given. Investigators say they believe he was under the influence of drugs and will be held for suspicion of DUI.

The other driver who was struck head-on just suffered a minor cut on his hand but was otherwise not injured.

The roadway was blocked for the crash investigation but has since reopened.

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