7 Olympia teens injured in one-car accident in Pierce County

Staff writerOctober 12, 2013 

The engine in a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta was separated from the vehicle after the car, with seven Olympia teens, crashed into a pillar at southbound Interstate 5 at Center Drive early Saturday morning.


Seven Olympia teens, all under the age of 18, were injured in a one-car accident just after midnight Saturday in Pierce County. Inattentive driving is thought to have caused the accident.

According to the Washington State Patrol:

The teens were southbound on Interstate 5 at Center Drive in a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta when the driver hit the brakes and drove into the grass median. The car then slid into a pillar, causing the engine to separate from the vehicle. The car continued to spin around another 180 degrees before coming to a stop.

Three of the teens were taken to Madigan Army Medical Center and three to Tacoma General Hospital. One teen was not taken to an area hospital.

The driver of the car was a 16-year-old female. The other passengers were five females and one male, ages 15 to 17.

Names were not released because they are juveniles.

Trooper Guy Gill said in a tweet that all the teens involved were extremely lucky.

"Another couple feet and we would have been handling a multiple fatality," he said.


Rolf Boone rboone@theolympian.com 360-754-5403

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