2 crashes, 1 fatal, shuts down SR 512 near Tacoma

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Eastbound State Route 512 at State Route 7 was closed for more than three hours Wednesday morning after a fatal crash involving a car and a semi. That was followed by a second crash involving a responding WSDOT vehicle and another car.

The Washington State Patrol says a semi driver pulled over into the gore point to check their GPS. A red car collided with the semi at freeway speed around 2:45 a.m. There was no sign the car's driver hit the brakes. The driver of the car was killed.

Not long after that crash, a responding WSDOT truck was hit at the scene by another car. The DOT driver was not in the truck at the time and was not hurt.

The car that hit the WSDOT truck was totaled. Trooper Brooke Bova said a passenger in the car broke their leg. The driver of that car was arrested for investigation of vehicular assault.

SR 512 was reopened at 6 a.m.

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