A 48-year-old man was killed early today when his car crashed while heading west on state Route 162 near 177th Street East, the Washington State Patrol reports.
Troopers initially thought another person might have been in – or thrown from – the wrecked vehicle. However, they searched the area and found no one, trooper Brandy Kessler said.
The man has been identified as Daniel B. Rodgers of Orting.
The one-car crash occurred just after 4:30 a.m. Rodgers was headed westbound on state Route 162 when his 2010 BMW left the roadway, lost control and struck the pillars of a railroad trestle. The BMW landed on its roof, troopers reported.
Rodgers died at the scene.
Troopers were looking into whether speed was a factor, troopers said. The roadway was blocked for a couple of hours.
The crash initially blocked both directions of SR 162.
Now, the westbound lane of the roadway is blocked. The eastbound lane is partially blocked and drivers are able to get around the scene, the state DOT reported just before 6 a.m.
UPDATE 2: The WSDOT reported at 6:30 a.m. that the eastbound SR 162 traffic is being detoured at the Carbon River Bridge. Westbound SR 162 traffic is still getting around the accident scene.
The Patrol has also told KIRO that the car involved in the crash near is a BMW 535. The Patrol also said that an in-car electronic system called BMW Assist reported the crash. Chatter heard over the police scanner this morning indicated that it was after the airbag had been deployed.
UPDATE 3: WSDOT reported at 7 a.m. that westbound SR 162 traffic is now being detoured at Patterson Road East.
UPDATE 4: WSDOT reported at 7:15 a.m. that all lanes are now open.
UPDATES 2, 3 and 4 submitted by Stephanie Clark.