4-vehicle crash on I-5 near Tumwater as drivers swerve to avoid ducks

lpemberton@theolympian.comAugust 18, 2013 

Two people were injured in a four-vehicle crash about 3:15 p.m. Saturday after several drivers slowed down to avoid hitting two ducks on southbound Interstate 5 at Israel Road near Tumwater, according to the Washington State Patrol.

One of the drivers — Leo Edward Morrison, 46, of Chehalis — was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia and later flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was driving a 2004 Toyota Corolla, which was totaled in the crash.

In addition, Stanislow Zoltowski, a passenger in a 2004 BMW, also sustained injuries but was not transported by medics.

State Patrol trooper Guy Gill said the crash drives home an important safety message.

“While it’s a terrible thought, it’s better to hit an animal on the roadway than to swerve to avoid it,” he said. “Most of the injuries we see are from collisions that take place from swerving to avoid an animal rather than striking it.”

lpemberton@theolympian.com

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