Semi Driver Arrested for Vehicular Homicide, Under the Influence of Drugs in Washington
According to troopers with the Washington State Patrol, two people were killed and five injured recently in a serious crash involving eight vehicles that closed westbound I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass for several hours.
When troopers arrived on scene, they found two semi-trucks and six other vehicles had crashed.
Dramatic video footage from the scene showed one smaller car completely smashed between larger vehicles. Troopers placed a yellow tarp over the car. A State Patrol photo also showed a pickup truck on its top against the side of a semi trailer.
Two people, identified as Richard Slightam, 49, and Carmen Lang, 50, died at the scene. Five people were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities say the driver of one of the semi trucks involved in the crash while towing a car hauler was later arrested for investigation of vehicular homicide.
In a report by KING-TV, WSP trooper who is a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) contacted the driver and later determined the driver was under the influence of drugs.
“We had a drug recognition expert interview and evaluate this driver, and through that evaluation it led to calling for a blood warrant and he was placed in custody for investigation of vehicular homicide,” Trooper Rick Johnson told KOMO-TV.
Troopers say they believe the driver of the car carrier was traveling west and lost control before veering across all lanes of traffic and coming to rest in the roadway. This caused a chain-reaction crash that completely blocked all westbound lanes of the freeway.