Driver runs into State Patrol vehicle on southbound I-5, causing traffic backup

Southbound Interstate 5 traffic was delayed near Maytown Thursday afternoon after a driver ran into a Washington State Patrol vehicle on the side of the freeway, a spokeswoman said.

The Washington State Patrol captain driving the vehicle was not injured, but a passenger in the patrol vehicle was hurt and taken to an area hospital, Trooper Johnna Batiste said.

About 3:45 p.m. Thursday, the captain had pulled over to the left shoulder to assist a disabled motorist.

“The captain’s vehicle was struck by a car traveling south that left the road and hit the right side rear of the vehicle,” Batiste said.

The passing motorist who hit the vehicle faces a possible citation.

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Rolf has worked at The Olympian since August 2005. He covers breaking news, the city of Lacey and business for the paper. Rolf graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1990.