Fatal hit-and-run crash closes Interstate 5 near Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, Wash. — Authorities say a hit-and-run crash that killed three people has closed all lanes of Interstate 5 southbound and three lanes northbound near Lakewood.

The Washington State Patrol says a 23-year-old man was swerving across the southbound lanes when he struck a car at about 2:15 a.m. Thursday. That vehicle rolled over, killing three people inside, and its engine block launched into the northbound lanes, prompted another crash. No one was hurt in that crash.

The 23-year-old kept going but was subsequently arrested for investigation of vehicular homicide. Investigators say an off-duty Seattle Police Department dispatcher saw the crash and gave detailed information about where the driver fled, and when they found the car a woman was outside it trying to rip off its bumper.

Troopers say the driver had no driver’s license and is suspected of being under the influence. A stolen firearm was also found in the vehicle.

Investigators said the lanes would remain closed during at least part of the morning commute.