FEDERAL WAY - Fire burned for hours after a fully loaded gasoline tanker was involved in a crash on I-5 early Sunday. The truck driver was killed.
The State Patrol says a 21-year-old Renton man was driving a Nissan Altima southbound on I-5 at about 2 a.m. when he lost control and struck a barrier.
A Toyota Camry being driven by a 24-year-old Tacoma woman hit the Altima, pushing the Altima into the other lane.
The tractor trailer driven by a 68-year-old Sumner man hit the Altima, went off the road, rolled over, struck the sound wall and then caught fire. The truck driver was killed.
The double tanker truck owned by Lee & Eastes Tank Lines was fully loaded with 9,000 gallons of gasoline when it crashed.
Five people in the two cars had minor injuries.
The State Patrol says the driver of the Altima was booked into the King County Jail. Troopers believe drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.
Washington State Patrol, WSDOT crews and nearly a dozen emergency response vehicles were on the scene after the crash, putting out the fire, closing lanes, managing traffic, checking the road surface and checking the sound walls.
As many as nine sound walls were damaged, the DOT said.
The Department of Ecology said both fuel tanks burst and released aviation gasoline, which continued to burn for hours.
Firefighters were conducting a controlled burn of the remaining fuel that spilled, including applying foam to flare-ups and hot spots when necessary.
DOE said on-site monitoring had not found any immediate health or safety concerns to nearby homes and businesses.
The DOE said all oil spills cause environmental damage, regardless of size. A single quart of oil has the potential to foul more than 100,000 gallons of water.
The State Patrol is investigating to determine the cause of the crash.