The trooper vehicle shown above was the first that attempted to stop a wrong-way driver on I-5 Friday morning. The trooper has minor injuries, state patrol reports via Twitter. (Image courtesy Chris Webb via Twitter)

Trooper injured trying to stop driver in I-5 wrong way crash

More Photos

See all photos
A wrong-way driver hit multiple vehicles including a Washington State Patrol car on Interstate 5 at Tukwila, Friday morning.

According to WSP, the driver was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes when the collisions occurred around 4 a.m. Friday near Highway 518.

According to WSP spokesman Trooper Chris Webb, two trooper cars acted to stop the wrong way driver.

The first trooper vehicle that slowed the wrong way driver suffered pretty significant damage, and the trooper in that car suffered minor injuries.

The second trooper vehicle, driven by a trooper just two weeks out of the academy and accompanied by a more veteran officer, stopped the suspect vehicle.

"He has a veteran state patrol trooper riding along with him and they made the great call to basically stop that vehicle," said Webb. "It was told to me there were four or five other civilian vehicles coming around the corner that no doubt would have been hit by this car."

The wrong-way driver, a 20-year-old woman, has been arrested for investigation of drunken driving.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Top Stories

  • Not the End
    Officials have another trick up their sleeves to help save King County's bus service

  • Go Sherm!
    Richard Sherman recognized along with Beyonce, Jeff Bezos and the Pope

  • Choke Hold
    The FDA is about to regulate a product that helps people quit tobacco
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know a student who stands out in the classroom, school and community?
Help make their dreams come true by nominating them for a $1,000 scholarship and a chance to earn a $10,000 Grand Prize. Brought to you by KIRO Radio and Comprehensive Wealth Management.

Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.