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Recent spike in crashes at I-5 off-ramp

First responders on-scene of rollover crash at the northbound I-5 off-ramp at (January 1, 2019). Photo: WSDOT

The corkscrew off-ramp for northbound I-5 at Main Street has been the scene of a few single-vehicle crashes where the vehicles have left the road and ended up in some bushes down a slope from the roadway. But, during the month of December 2018, it was the scene of 3 crashes plus a rollover crash on January 1st.

According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Heather Axtman, WSP troopers were dispatched to a total of 6 other crashes at that location during 2018 year, an average of about 1 crash every 2 months, before the flurry of 4 crashes.

Axtman said 1 of the 4 crashes resulted in an arrest for driving under the influence and the other 3 were determined to be the result of speeds too fast for conditions. No one required treatment for their injuries as a result of any of the 4 crashes.

Washington State Department of Transportation spokesperson Andrea Petrich said they had made some signage improvements at that location over the summer.

Petrich added, “This time of year, especially on ramps, bridges and shaded areas, drivers want to make sure they’re driving for conditions.”


  1. Ryan Walter January 15, 2019

    The counter-measure for many, perhaps most, of these crashes is easy:


    But Eric Burdon said it best….”When will they ever learn?”

    • Richard Wahl January 16, 2019

      That is exactly your point………….they won’t!! They don’t want to, because all they can think? about is………….SPEED!!! I have no pity for them, and they deserve what they get, so let them crash their cars all they want, but…………just hope that they don’t hurt anyone else in the process.

  2. Ryan Walter January 17, 2019

    We’re in agreement Richard, people that speed and tailgate deserve what they get and, God willing, only they get hurt due to their stupidity.

    But the reality is that safe drivers pay higher insurance rates because of the carnage caused by unsafe drivers. That ain’t fair. To them I say:


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