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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

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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.


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