Safety feature on truck may have saved WSDOT contractor’s life in I-5 crash

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The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is investigating a fatal accident Wednesday morning on Interstate 5 near Arlington.

According to WSP Trooper Jacob Kennett, all southbound lanes on Interstate 5 near 228th Street at Mile 210 were blocked due to a fatal collision involving a construction attenuator truck and a box truck.

Authorities say a subcontracted mitigation truck for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) was implementing a lane closure for construction further south of the incident when it was rammed by a rental Penske truck.

The driver of the Penske truck died at the scene. The driver killed has been identified as 22-year-old Nicholas Aceves of Burlington.

According to WSP, the driver of the construction truck was in the truck bed at the time of the accident. The truck’s damped safety device protrudes from the rear, which acts as a cushion in case someone crashes into it. WSP said this feature likely saved the worker’s life.

The worker was thrown from the set onto the pavement and transported to the hospital.

WSDOT said there was a 6 mile backup due to lane closures.

Soldiers said the road reopened around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday. Traffic was still slow in the area.

WSP Trooper Jacob Kennett tweeted about the incident:

“Our deepest condolences go out to those directly affected by this incident. Please travel safely as the investigation continues.”

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