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10-vehicle collision closes SR 18 for over 4 hours Saturday, sends 3 motorcyclists to Harborview

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The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is reporting that a multi-vehicle, hit & run collision blocked SR 18 just west of SR 167 in Auburn on Saturday, Mar. 16, 2024.

The collision involved seven motorcycles and three cars, WSP said.

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Troopers said that it all started when one vehicle slowing for traffic got rear-ended by another vehicle.

Subsequently, 9 motorcycles became involved in the pileup.

Three motorcycle riders were transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with non life-threatening injuries.

Troopers describe the huge, complex collision thusly:

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  • Vehicles 1, 2, and 3 were traveling eastbound on SR 18 just west of SR 167 in lanes 1 of 2.
  • Vehicles 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 were traveling in lane 2.
  • Vehicle 1 struck Vehicle 2.
  • Vehicle 2 struck Vehicle 3 and veered left into Vehicles 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.
  • Vehicle 1 came to rest on the right shoulder
  • Vehicle 2 came to rest on the left shoulder.
  • Vehicle 3 fled the scene.
  • Vehicle 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 came to rest fully blocking the roadway.

The roadway was blocked for 4-hours and 7-minutes.

Photo courtesy @wspd2pio.

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