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Update: State Patrol Says Driver Who Died in Fatal Crash was a Woodinville Woman

The Washington State Patrol is seeking witnesses to the fatal early morning crash that closed State route 520 near I-405 for several hours this morning; two other drivers were treated and released at the scene.

Update: State Patrol Says Driver Who Died in Fatal Crash was a Woodinville Woman

Update 11 a.m.: The Washington State Patrol said in a press release that a 22-year-old Woodinville woman died in an early morning collision near 92nd Avenue NE on State route 520. The woman's name has not been released.

Washington State Patrol reported that just before 4 a.m. the driver of the Mitsubishi struck the barrier on westbound 520 and then came to rest without her lights on in the left and middle lanes near a road construction site, state patrol spokeswoman Trooper Julie Startup said.

The Mitsubishi then was rear-ended by a Cedar Grove composting truck and was spun 180 degrees, Startup said. The Mitsubishi driver then drove away eastbound in the westbound lanes without her lights on until she struck a semi-truck head-on, Startup said.

"It happened very quickly," she said. The garbage truck driver "did stay at the scene and said that right after (the Mitusbishi driver) was struck and turned around, she left in the wrong direction."

The drivers of the trucks, Harold Barcelou, of Hobart, and James Charles, of Gold Bar, were treated and released at the scene.

According to the State Patrol report, the accident is under investigation, and alcohol was likely a factor. 

WSP Major Accident Investigation Team detectives are seeking witnesses that may have information about the collision and the chain of events that led up to it.  If you or someone you know saw or heard something that may be related to this investigation please contact Detective Sergeant Jerry Cooper (360) 805-1192 or Detective Greg Wilcoxson (360) 805-1195.

Update: State route 520 has been reopened, several hours after a fatal crash closed the Westbound lanes near I-405.

Original Story:

The investigation of a fatal wrong way crash may close westbound State Route 520 between Interstate 405 and the Bellevue Way onramp until at least 9 a.m., the Washington State Patrol reported.

Drivers are being diverted onto Northeast 108th Street.

The state patrol reports that a woman in a Mitsubishi car stopped on State Route 520 without her lights on was rear ended by a Waste Management truck around 4 a.m. and was  spun around. The Mitsubishi driver then drove eastbound in the westbound lanes until she struck a semi-driver, according to WSP spokeswoman Trooper Julie Startup.

Patch will update this story with more information.

 


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