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UPDATED: Man killed after crash on I-5 in Pierce County

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Sep. 29, 2011 at 5:56 am |
September 30, 2011 12:09 pm

UPDATED at 12:50 p.m.

A man was killed Wednesday night when he rolled a pickup truck while speeding away from a Washington State Patrol trooper on Interstate 5 in Pierce County, the Washington State Patrol reported.

The man’s identity has not yet been released because his family has not been notified of his death.

Troopers have discovered that the pickup truck had been stolen from the Tacoma area. Its plates had been switched, State Patrol spokesman Guy Gill said.

A trooper first spotted the 1990 Chevrolet pickup truck shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday going north on I-5 from the Marvin Road area. The driver passed a semi truck on the right, then swerved in front of the larger truck. The semi truck driver had to brake to avoid hitting the pickup, Gill said.

The trooper, who had been on the shoulder, pulled into traffic and caught up to the pickup in the Nisqually area. The trooper estimated the pickup truck driver was going more than 80 mph. He was changing lanes without signaling, Gill said.

The trooper turned on his emergency lights and sirens to initiate a stop.

The pickup truck driver used the right shoulder to speed around a semi truck, then swerved to avoid a DOT sign.  The truck went across all the lanes of the highway, rolled 60 feet off the roadway, went into the median and stopped in the trees, troopers reported.

The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected and died at the scene. The truck was totaled and impounded by troopers.

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