Bellevue

Road rage drivers collide multiple times, crash on I-90

Road rage drivers collide multiple times, crash on I-90
State troopers investigate at the crash scene.
BELLEVUE, Wash. - Two cars driving west on Interstate 90 slammed into each other multiple times at high speed in a road rage incident Wednesday evening until they rolled in the median at Bellevue near Lake Sammamish.

The drama apparently began at about 6:30 p.m. near North Bend when the two, a 1995 Ford Explorer and a 2007 Ford Freestyle, got into a collision on Interstate 90. As the two vehicles continued west on the freeway, they crashed into one another multiple times over a distance of several miles.

The incident was reported by over a dozen motorists who called 911, and police responded to the scene.

"There's two dangerous vehicles on I-90 going west," one witness said to a 911 dispatcher. "They're almost into Issaquah right now and they're doing about 100 plus."

Witnesses also saw the two cars crash into each other multiple times.

"The Ford Explorer hit the Volvo (sic) and the Volvo took off and he started chasing him again," the caller said.

Eventually both cars rolled over and came to rest in the median at Bellevue.

"There’s two cars that looked like road rage. They went crazy and they’re flipped way off the westbound traffic into the center median," another driver told dispatchers. "They're on their sides right now."

The Washington State Patrol says the 32-year-old man driving the Freestyle tried to run away and was arrested by Bellevue police. The patrol says a 27-year-old woman and a 2-year-old boy in his car were not hurt.

A 29-year-old man driving the Explorer was injured and taken to Overlake Hospital in Bellevue.

The Patrol says both cars were totaled.

In the aftermath of the crash, Sgt. Donovan Daly of the Washington State Patrol called the road rage incident an "extremely reckless (and) very dangerous situation," and he thanked the drivers who called 911 to report it.