Snohomish County, WA – The Washington State Patrol responded to a two-vehicle, fatality crash involving a wrong way driver on Southbound I-5 near milepost 180 around 5:15 a.m. on September 8th, 2019.
According to a press memo from the Washington State Patrol, a 2008 Hyundai Accent was traveling Northbound in the Southbound Lanes on I-5 near milepost 180 when the driver of the vehicle struck a concrete barrier on the right side. The vehicle then came to a stop in lane one, where it was struck by 2012 Ford Focus being driven by 83-year old William Holebrook of Arlington. Troopers say Mr. Holebrook attempted to avoid striking the Hyundai by veering left but was unable to miss the vehicle and struck it on the right side.
Mr Holebrook was not injured in the crash but the wrong way driver died at the scene. Troopers have not identified the age, sex or city of the driver pending next of kin notification.
Troopers say the cause of the crash remains under investigation but no charges are expected. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.