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Driver seriously hurt as 2 logging trucks crash on I-5 in Tacoma

Photo credit: Tacoma Fire Dept.

TACOMA, Wash. - A crash involving two logging trucks on Interstate 5 has sent one driver to the hospital with serious injuries, emergency officials said.

The 63-year-old man suffered broken ribs, the State Patrol said. He was taken to Tacoma General Hospital.

State troopers and medics responded to the scene, on northbound I-5 near the state Route 16 interchange, about 9:45 a.m. Thursday after receiving reports of a serious crash.

Two logging trucks were found at the scene. Logs from one of the trucks crashed through the windshield of the other truck and out the back of the cab, severely injuring the driver of that truck. The driver was taken to the hospital, where he is listed in serious but stable condition.

A preliminary investigation found that the logging truck in front came to an abrupt stop for some unknown reason in a construction zone. The second truck then crashed into the first one, causing logs from the front truck to smash completely through the cab of the second truck, said Trooper Brooke Bova of the Washington State Patrol.

The driver of the second truck was cited for speeding, the state patrol said.

Two lanes of northbound I-5 were closed at the scene causing about a 5 mile backup, but reopened about 2:15 p.m.

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