Multi-vehicle collision on South Tacoma Way left 1 critically hurt, police say
A person was critically injured Thursday in Tacoma when multiple cars wrecked on South Tacoma Way, according to the Police Department.
The collision was reported at about 9:15 p.m. Photos of the crash scene shared by Tacoma Police Department on Twitter appeared to show four vehicles involved, with one flipped onto its roof. Police said South Tacoma Way was shut down between South 71st and 72nd streets until after 2 a.m. Friday.
Police said a Dodge Dakota pickup and a Lexus RX SUV were northbound on the road when the Dodge driver, a 23-year-old man, struck the other vehicle, sending it into oncoming traffic where it flipped and hit two cars. The Dodge then crashed into a utility pole.
Spokesperson Wendy Haddow said the 23-year-old man was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. She said he suffered multiple fractures. The Lexus driver, a 34-year-old woman, went to the hospital with a head injury that wasn’t life threatening. The occupants of the other vehicles, a 68-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man, were also taken to hospitals to be treated.
It’s not clear what caused the Dodge driver to hit the Lexus. Police said that driver was at fault, and a collision investigation team had responded to the incident.