Four hurt as driver, 15, crashes into semi on I-5

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TACOMA, Wash. - Four people were injured early Friday when a 15-year-old driver crashed into the rear of a semi truck parked on the shoulder of Interstate 5 in Tacoma, the Washington State Patrol reported.

State troopers were dispatched to the scene, in the northbound lanes of I-5 near 48th Street in Tacoma, at about 12:45 a.m. Friday.

An investigation found that a Honda Accord driven by a 15-year-old Tacoma girl was heading north, with four passengers inside, when it left the roadway and slammed into the back of the parked semi.

The 15-year-old driver was injured, along with three of her four passengers - a 15-year-old boy, a 15-year-old girl and a 21-year-old woman. All were taken to Tacoma General Hospital. A 2-year-old boy in the car was not injured.

The driver of the parked semi truck, a 54-year-old California man, also was unhurt.

The 15-year-old driver faces possible vehicular assault charges, the Washington State Patrol reported.

It is unknown whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.