Tacoma man dies in Kent I-5 crash after making unsafe lane change

Thursday afternoon, June 30 northbound near State Route 516

A 51-year-old Tacoma man was killed after making an unsafe lane change along northbound Interstate 5 in Kent.

The crash occurred at about 3:48 p.m. Thursday, June 30 approaching State Route 516, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The Tacoma man was in a 2015 Ford Fusion driving at a slow speed along the right shoulder when he moved into lane one, according to the State Patrol. A second vehicle struck the Ford and pushed it into lane two where it was hit by a third vehicle before coming to a rest and blocking two lanes of traffic.

The driver of the second vehicle was uninjured. The driver of the third vehicle was treated and released at the scene.

An unsafe lane change by the Tacoma man caused the crash, according to the State Patrol. Drugs or alcohol were not involved.

The freeway was blocked for three hours and 16 minutes.

The identity of the Tacoma man has not yet been released by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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