Armed robbery suspects hit semi, crash kills driver on I-5
Jun 29, 2023, 9:04 AM | Updated: Jun 30, 2023, 9:14 am
(Photo from Washington State Department of Transportation)
Update 8:53 a.m.:
Two armed robbery suspects in a car who were trying to get away from Lakewood Police slammed into a semi-truck near JBLM. The driver of the semi died from his injuries.
The armed robbery happened early Thursday morning in Tacoma.
About three hours later, a Lakewood officer spotted the suspects’ car and tried to pull it over, but the driver took off.
At about 5:30 a.m., the semi-truck was on the southbound Interstate 5 on-ramp near the Berkeley Avenue overpass when the suspects hit it at high speed, causing it to overturn.
The semi driver was thrown from the truck and onto I-5. He were taken to the hospital where they were declared dead.
The robbery suspects — two juvenile boys — were arrested. Their ages are not yet known. Both were taken to the hospital. Their injuries were not serious.
The two right lanes of southbound I-5 were blocked until about 7:15 a.m. All lanes are back open, but the off-ramps to Thorne Lane and Berkeley Street are closed.
A rolled-over semi truck is causing backups on southbound I-5 is blocking two lanes of traffic in Tacoma. The driver of the truck has been confirmed to have died in the crash, according to Washington State Patrol.
The crash happened on the on-ramp at Berkley Avenue in Tacoma.
The semi also spilled some of its fuel, with firefighters also responding to the scene to clean the hazard up.
This collision involving a semi-truck on the ramp has the 2 right lanes of southbound I-5 closed. Exits to Berkeley St. and Thorne lane are closed.
No access to Madigan Gate at #JBLM
Attn: @JBLM_PAO pic.twitter.com/SZm2BWPzcC
— WSDOT Tacoma (@wsdot_tacoma) June 29, 2023
The off-ramps to Berkeley Street are closed with no access to Madigan or Logistics Gates.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is asking drivers to be patient as they work to clear the incident.
There has not been any information released about what caused the crash or when it will be cleared.
Washington State Patrol is investigating the incident.
KIRO 7 contributed to this report