The Premier Law Group offices are just off I-90 near Factoria, and as I drove into work yesterday morning, I couldn’t help but notice that the Westbound lanes were completely stopped and there were what looked like 10 emergency response vehicles lined up on the side of the road. As a Seattle auto accident lawyer I know that slowing to view an accident is a form of distracted driving and anything that takes your attention off the road can lead to an auto accident, so I continued in to work and immediately got online to find out what had happened.
Around 7:45 as traffic slowed around the exit for Interstate 405 from westbound I-90 semi truck driver Rick Noble failed to notice the change in traffic flow and jackknifed, eventually slamming into the back of a logging truck driven by Michael Mullins causing a huge chain-reaction of events. The collision caused the rear axle to come loose from Mullins’ truck which continued on for close to a half mile before he was able to gain full control and stop the truck. But Noble’s truck didn’t stop after hitting Mullins and continued smashing into multiple other vehicles, by the time he finally stopped four other vehicles were crunched into each other against the front of the semi and numerous other vehicles were strewn across the road, piled up in varying angles.
At least seven people were taken to Harborview Medical Center, most with minor injuries, but one 9-year-old girl was taken to the hospital in critical condition where she remains today with brain and neck injuries and a possible broken pelvis. Washington State Patrol troopers who were at the scene are still investigating the cause of the accident and have not issued any citations, but they have commended Mullins for being able to maintain some form of control as his semi truck packed with logs careened down I-90 without a rear axle.