Sunday, August 10, 2008

Loose Trailer Accident Man in custody after bizarre I-5 accident

Traffic backed up after the accident on northbound Interstate 5 near Highway 526.

By KOMO Staff

EVERETT - Police have captured a 60-year-old Sedro Woolley man who tried to elude them after a bizarre accident on Interstate 5 Saturday afternoon.

The strange series of events began in the northbound lanes of I-5 near the Highway 526 exit when the man lost control of a pickup he was using to tow a travel-trailer.

The travel-trailer came unhooked from the pickup and crashed. The man slowed or stopped the pickup, but then suddenly took off.

Some motorists who were at the scene called 911, then took off in pursuit of the man in their vehicles.

Washington State Patrol troopers took up the chase as the man neared Lake Stevens. The man then ditched his pickup at 20th Street Southeast and Highway 2, and ran into the woods.

Troopers were soon able to take him into custody, and recognized him as someone with a lengthy criminal history.

After he was captured, the man told troopers he had lost control of his rig on the freeway. He said he suffered a panic attack, and that is why he fled the scene.

He was taken to the hospital to be checked out, then will be booked into jail on suspicion of hit and run.

Meanwhile, a state Transportation Department crew headed to the wreck of the travel-trailer on I-5 to clean up 20 gallons of sewage and waste that spilled out of it during the crash.

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