Portland man dead in I-5 crash south of Olympia

Staff writerJuly 17, 2013 

The driver of a silver SUV died after crashing near the Maytown exit of Interstate 5 Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

COURTESY OF THE WASHINGTON STATE PATROL

An Oregon man was killed Tuesday after he lost control of his car on an Interstate 5 exit south of Olympia, and hit a guard rail, according to the Washington State Patrol. 

Theodore E. Reich, 84, of Portland, was driving north on I-5 taking the Maytown exit at 3:43 p.m. when he lost control of his 2001 Mercedes ML3, hit a guardrail and rolled the vehicle multiple times. 

Reich was pronounced dead at the scene. The exit was closed for more than three hours while troopers investigated. 

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but speed and a medical condition is believed to be a factor, according to Trooper Guy Gill. 

"There is a possibility this will be a medical incident and we are investigating that now," Gill said. "We won't know until we get those results back."

 

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