SEATTLE – A passenger was killed in a wrong way, head-on collision on Interstate 5 near downtown Seattle Wednesday morning. State troopers say alcohol may have been a factor.
It happened just before 2 a.m. on a ramp at the I-90 interchange.
The Washington State Patrol said a Toyota Tundra pickup was traveling in the collector-distributor lanes near James Street on northbound I-5. The driver of the Lexus RX 300 was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes and collided with the Tundra.
The female passenger in the Lexus, who has not been identified, was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the car. She died at the scene.
The 40-year-old Covington woman driving the Lexus and the driver of the Tundra, a 55-year-old Bellevue man, were transported to Harborview Medical Center. Both were conscious and able to talk.
An investigation is under way to see if the Lexus driver had been drinking.
"This horrific loss, so senseless, that this person is now gone and it could have been avoided. Choosing to not drink and drive is critical," said Trooper Julie Startup.
It took troopers more than three hours to clear the accident scene.