OLYMPIA, Wash. – A driver was texting on her cell phone moments before being killed in a head-on crash near Olympia Friday, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The 22-year-old was on State Route 12 when her 2005 Mazda 3 crossed the centerline and hit a 1995 Freightliner box truck heading the opposite direction.
An open cell phone was found on the floorboard during the investigation. Troopers determined the driver had been texting moments before the crash, which they say explains why she would go over the centerline on a straightaway.
The man driving the box truck was not injured.
The truck was hauling drums of iodine and bleach used for sterilization in dairy operations. The Department of Ecology was called in to prevent spillage into Scatter Creek.