Marysville, WA – The Washington State Patrol responded to a 4-vehicle crash involving a Troopers Vehicle around 7:13 p.m. on Southbound I-5 at 116th Street Northeast on June 8th, 2019.
According to a press meme from the Washington State Patrol, Trooper Alquist was stopped in Lane 3 of Southbound I-5 in a Fully Marked 2019 Ford Explorer Patrol Vehicle at 116th Street Northeast investigating a collision that was blocking part of Lane 3.
Troopers say, 24-year old Anderson Valdez-Nunez of Mount Vernon was traveling Southbound on I-5 in Lane two in a silver 2018 Honda Accord when he attempted to move from lane two into lane three as traffic slowed for the collision ahead.
Valdez-Nunez was allegedly traveling too fast to stop for the crash ahead and struck a gray 2007 Toyota Sequoia that had stopped in Lane 3 for the crash ahead. The Sequoia was being driven by 51-year old Anthony Olmstead of Lynnwood. The force of the crash then caused a chain reaction and the Sequoia was pushed into a silver 2016 Jeep Renegade being driven by 35-year old Andrea Chavez of Federal Way. Her vehicle in turn stuck the Fully Marked 2019 Ford Explorer Washington State Patrol Vehicle being driven by 25-year old Trooper Benjamin Alquist.
Valdez-Nunez, Olmstead, and a passenger in the Honda, 28-year old Elsa Valdez of Mount Vernon were all injured and transported to Colby Hospital in Everett.
Trooper Alquist and a passenger, 24-year old Anthony Califano of Millcreek both received minor injuries and were transported precautionary to Colby Hospital in Everett.
The Honda accord was totaled and impounded by R&R Towing, the Toyota Sequoia was totaled and impounded by Harry’s Towing, the Jeep Renegade was damaged and impounded by Harry’s Towing and the Ford Explorer was damaged but driven from the scene.
Chavez was not injured in the crash.
Troopers say the cause of the crash was Speeds too Fast and Valdez-Nunez received an infraction in the crash.
All Occupants were reportedly wearing their seatbelts and drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the crash according to Troopers.