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Man killed in 1-car wreck on Interstate 705 in Tacoma

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Aug. 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
August 22, 2012 4:05 pm
Photo by TNT's Joe Barrentine

UPDATE: Man who died was 58 and from Federal Way. Name being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

UPDATE: More from Gill:There was no braking or steering from the driver at all. This might very well have be caused by a medical incident.”

UPDATE: From Gill: “Driver was SB on SR-509, left the roadway to the right, struck the curbing which vaulted him over the barrier down onto I-705.”

UPDATE: It’s 32 feet from the overpass deck to the surface of 705 below, Gill said.

UPDATE: WSDOT reporting one lane of NB 705 is now open.

UPDATE: Gill said the car was northbound on 705 when it exited to the 21st Street/SR 509 exit when it left the overpass.

UPDATE: Gill said the vehicle involved was exiting to route 509 when it lost control, left the overpass, and came down onto I-705. Troopers are estimating 705 will be shut down for at least two hours while they investigate the crash.

Kraig Goff said he and his wife were driving on I-705 when the car “just came down. It was  surreal.”

PREVIOUS POST: A man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 705 in downtown Tacoma. The wreck occurred around 1 p.m. near state Route 509.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill says all northbound lanes of I-705 are blocked.

This is a developing story. We will post more details as soon as they’re available.

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