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I-5 near Tumwater delayed 4 hours after crash triggered by speeding, passing, troopers say

A 40-year-old man faces felony hit-and-run and DUI charges after an attempt to pass a vehicle triggered a crash on northbound Interstate 5 near Tumwater that delayed traffic for four hours, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Despite the seriousness of the crash, troopers say only one person was injured: A 37-year-old Chehalis woman who was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia.

According to the State Patrol:

About 10 p.m. Saturday, the 40-year-old Tacoma man was headed north on I-5 at milepost 99. Troopers say he was traveling at a high rate of speed and attempted to pass another vehicle.

He struck the vehicle he was trying to pass — a Chevrolet Express van — which caused the van to hit another vehicle. After the van hit that third vehicle, it rolled and blocked a lane of I-5.

Meanwhile, troopers say the Tacoma man fled the scene in his 2016 Dodge Challenger but was located at 78th Avenue Southwest, just west of Center Street Southwest in Tumwater.

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