Highway 18 was closed in both directions for nearly eight hours Wednesday after a fatal crash involving a wrong-way driver, three semitrucks and one other car, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson.
The crash occurred around 2 a.m. on Highway 18 and C Street Southwest in Auburn.
The 28-year-old male driver of the wrong-way vehicle died, according to the State Patrol.
Johnson said on Twitter that the driver was headed west in the eastbound lanes when his vehicle struck two semis that were heading east. One of those semis struck the center barrier, pushing it into the west lanes of traffic. Another semi and a second car then hit the barrier, Johnson said.
Johnson said one person was taken to a hospital in Tacoma as a precaution, but there were no other serious injuries.
“Expect significant delays this AM while the investigation/cleanup continues,” the state Department of Transportation said.
The road reopened in both directions shortly before 10 a.m.